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Why aren’t people, especially Americans and Canadians, more grateful? Day 2

10 Days of Holiday Gratitude from Muse

We at Muse practice gratitude and were so moved from Seth Godin’s Thanksgiving Reader that we challenged the diverse and talented group of people we’re proud to call our colleagues to chime in on this conversation.

Join us here on the blog daily for 10 Days of Holiday Gratitude from Muse.

Stay tuned. On Day 10 we’ll share our own gratitude in the form of a special surprise to all of our supporters.

 

Why aren’t people, especially Americans and Canadians, more grateful?

This question makes the assumption that the majority of people in North America are not grateful, but I would argue that this is not the case. I would propose instead, that most people are simply not conscious of their own gratitude. Our culture is not set up in a way that asks us to stop and be mindful of how we are feeling. We are often focused on the negative, what is going wrong, what can be better, what needs fixing. We rush through our days unaware of our body and feelings, consumed with our work. How often have you closed your laptop after hours of typing, only to notice that you desperately need to go to the bathroom, drink water and eat something all at the same time? If we can so easily forget that we have a body, it is simple to see how we can also forget to notice the things we have to be grateful for. Gratitude has been relegated in our culture to something that is mostly noticed at holidays or special occasions.
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Introducing 10 Days of Holiday Gratitude from Muse – Day 1

Beginning today, we’d like to share a different side of Muse.
Over the next few days our team will tackle tough questions about gratitude by sharing personal accounts of how gratitude impacts their lives. 10 days from now we’d like to share our own gratitude in the form of a special surprise to every one of you who is following us on this journey to raise awareness around meditation and its many health benefits. Please stick around for that.
The questions we’ll be pondering come to us from Seth Godin’s recent Thanksgiving blog post where he discusses a need for reflection on family, connection and being present.

Without taking the time to be present, the holidays can quickly become about gifts, stressful shopping, Santa, cold weather and more gifts. Seth Godin is reminding us that Thanksgiving – just as the name suggests – is really all about gratitude. We believe this to be the case for the upcoming holiday season. This year let’s think more about being present, and less about buying presents.

Gratitude has many faces. It is an acknowledgment of those who enable you. It is an expression of love. It’s an important practice for mental health. It’s simultaneously an age-old meditation practice and something we rediscover every single day. And especially in today’s world, it’s an affirmation that we are all one community.

We challenged the diverse and talented group of people we’re proud to call our colleagues to chime in on this conversation. Follow along daily, starting today, on Twitter and Facebook or here, on our blog, to begin this journey of self-exploration.

Graciously, from all of us at Muse.

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Here are six to consider.

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