Gratitude: What it is and Why it Matters

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

Do you make a daily habit of gratitude? Expressing and recognizing what you’re grateful for is something you should be doing more often than just during the Thanksgiving season; the happiest people make gratitude a daily habit and something they practice over and over again. True gratitude isn’t a destination; it’s a journey. Read on for a guide to being grateful: what it is and why it matters.

Being grateful makes you happy!

Being grateful makes you happy!

What is Gratitude?

Gratitude is about more than just saying grace before dinner out of habit or saying thank you to your spouse for helping clean up; while those are wonderful things to do, true gratitude is much deeper. As Angeles Arrien shared with Gratefulness.org:

“Of all the universal themes that have been transmitted through perennial wisdom, the expression of gratitude continues to be the glue that consistently holds society and relationships together; its opposite – ingratitude – contributes to societal dissolution and separation…Gratitude’s stabilizing and healing effects, which have been researched from multiple standpoints—cultural, psychological, physical, spiritual, even financial—have made it abundantly clear that the benefits of living a grateful life are irrefutable.”

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Article About Inner Peace on Everyday Power Blog

I frequently talk about the power of your mind to control your happiness, but did you know that you can manage your emotions to find inner peace? Sometimes the stresses of life and the fear of judgement from others can hold us back, making us feel stuck or out of control. I recently shared my insight and tips for calming your inner fears and achieving a lifetime of happiness on the Everyday Power blog. Find out what I think the five best pieces of advice are here.

http://everydaypowerblog.com/2016/08/02/manage-your-emotions-to-find-inner-peace/

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Presenting At Home Among Sinners

I’m pleased to announce that I just published a new book, At Home Among Sinners! There are tough choices to face if you’re a clergy member, especially one at a corrupt parish in New York City. After being taken from his peaceful life as a monk following the death of his wife and unborn child, Father John Callahan finds himself tempted by sin and banished to a derelict church where he faces a lack of support and outright disdain from his colleagues.

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Stemming from his teenage past in Belfast where he was a street thug and IRA killer, Father Callahan finds it difficult to resist the temptation of the Big Apple. You’ll wonder, “Will he have the strength to remain a good man, or will he return to the dark, criminal life he once knew so well?”

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