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Thursday, November 28, 2019

One of the better attested findings of psychology is that gratitude is a key to personal contentment and well-being. It tempers feelings of sadness. It reduces any sense of isolation, connecting us to many beyond ourselves, including family members, friends, and teachers"essentially anyone in the wide circle of those who have helped us along. And the research also tells us how to cultivate gratitude. Tell people that they did important good deeds for you. Write that seventh grade teacher who taught you the elements of good writing. Call a friend to recall together how you helped one another through some nadir of youth. Keep a gratitude journal every day or at least every week, marking down the small kindnesses and gifts of affection from which you have benefited.

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This insight can be applied to a nation as whole. A country can become less divided and polarized"indeed happier"if it cultivates a public life where gratitude is front and center. Gratitude for past achievements of individuals and communities create common bonds. And if national gratitude can be part of our social happiness, the absence of a politics of gratitude broadly conceived is a pressing American problem.

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Platitudes aren't going to improve this country. Fairness would. Fairness in control of the media. Fairness of money out of politics. Fairness on SC Justice appointments. Fairness by not disenfranchising millions of people just to insure Republican victories and it happens far too often. Fairness wasn't mentioned once in that article but it is the basis for our system of government, that all men are created equal was the key principle that created our nation. But we have allowed rich and powerful people to buy our politicians with the endorsement of the SC which is totally corrupt. They have even said they agree with gerrymandering. I'll be grateful when most of those things are fixed. Til then I will be resentful of wealthy people turning America into an oligarchy.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2019-11-28 09:51 AM | Reply

Nationalism is a bad thing. Do not confuse it with patriotism.

#2 | Posted by hamburglar at 2019-11-28 08:04 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Robert Reich: Patriotism v. Nationalism

#3 | Posted by hamburglar at 2019-11-29 07:09 AM | Reply

#2 it's sad that needs to even be said.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2019-11-29 10:28 AM | Reply

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