G. K. Chesterton: "You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime,
and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing
and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.
Gratitude produced some... produced the most purely joyful moments that have been known to man."
Think about it. Think about the last time you are grateful to someone.
And you expressed that gratitude. How did you feel?
And how did you make the other person feel?
Or someone who was grateful to you and appreciated you?
You were walking on air, created this upward spiral as a result.
When it's genuine, when it's real.
We don't do it enough. We don't do enough appreciation.
We don't express gratitude enough, whether it's to the food that we eat, whether it's to writing, whether it's for our friends or family.
So this is the most wonderful books written about the power
of gratitude — it's not a research book, but a lot of these ideas that I'll talk about in a minute have researched.
"About Gratitude" by Brother David Steindl-Rast. He also has a great website. If you google his name.
Brother David Steindl-Rast写的《论感激》。他还办了一个很棒的网站，谷歌他的名字就能查到
How do we cultivate gratitude? His advice is simple and gracious.
"Why not start by surveying a typical day?
What is it that you tend to tackle with spontaneous mindfulness, so that without effort your whole heart is in it?