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Seven Buddhist Lessons in Gratitude

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Gratitude is powerful. Building your sense of thankfulness the Buddhist way.

Gratitude is a virtue that has been promoted by the world’s great religions. Science is confirming that those who consistently express gratitude are happier and healthier. Recently researchers Stephen M. Yoshimura and Kassandra Berzins explored the connection between expressing gratitude and psychological and physical wellbeing, concluding that “Gratitude consistently associates with many positive social, psychological, and health states, such as an increased likelihood of helping others, optimism, exercise, and reduced reports of physical symptoms.” Here are Buddhist suggestions for increasing your gratitude level. 1. BE GRATEFUL FOR NOTHING. Be aware of the fact that unfortunate events did not come into your life—and be grateful. You didn’t become unemployed, like many others. You didn’t get sick, like many others. You didn’t lose good friends over political differences, like many others. You didn’t get a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, like many others. You don’t live in a war zone, like many others. You are not starving and suffering from famine, like many others. Buddhist writer Greg …

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Victor M. Parachin M.Div., C.Y.T. is a Vedic teacher, yoga instructor, Buddhist meditation teacher, and...

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