Attitudes of Gratitude in Love

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In the best-selling Attitudes of Gratitude, M. J. Ryan explored the importance of practicing gratitude in all areas of life. In this new book, she shifts focus to our most intimate relationships, and finds the practice of gratitude even more important. She begins by looking at how thankfulness and appreciation can benefit relationships and the people in them. Quoting the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu, she shows us how gratefulness creates powerfully positive emotions about our partners, a "kindness in ...
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Overview

In the best-selling Attitudes of Gratitude, M. J. Ryan explored the importance of practicing gratitude in all areas of life. In this new book, she shifts focus to our most intimate relationships, and finds the practice of gratitude even more important. She begins by looking at how thankfulness and appreciation can benefit relationships and the people in them. Quoting the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu, she shows us how gratefulness creates powerfully positive emotions about our partners, a "kindness in feeling, which in turn generates more love. And isn't that what we all truly want?" What often prevents us from feeling gratitude is a series of mistaken beliefs, myths we cling to despite their destructive nature. We may believe, for example, that it's dangerous to be too happy, that we will be punished for our joy and lose what we most love. Or we may so fear the vulnerability intimacy brings that we try to protect ourselves-and end up protecting ourselves out of a relationship. Ryan explains how we can counter the force of these negative ideas by replacing them with more joyful, life affirming ones. Yes, intimacy inevitably makes us vulnerable. But a life without intimacy is a life barely lived. Every relationship offers many opportunities for joy -- if we but seize the chances we are given to be thankful. As M. J. Ryan writes, "Thankfulness is the mother of joy." Without it, we can too easily become numb. With it, we are awakened to all that is precious and beautiful in our intimate relationships.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781567315646
  • Publisher: MJF Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Pages: 196

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 The Key to Living Our Love 1
2 The Gifts of Relationship Gratitude 11
You'll Feel Closer and More Loving 13
You're More Likely to Stay Together 17
It's Positively Contagious 21
You'll Both Be Healthier 25
Conflicts Are Resolved More Easily 29
Resentment Melts Away 33
The More You're Thankful, the More You Receive 35
You'll Touch Love's Mystery and Majesty 39
3 Myths That Hold Us Back 41
I Need to Protect Myself 43
Relationships Are Hard 47
It's Dangerous to Be Too Happy 51
It's Better to Be Right Than Close 55
You Should Be Just Like Me 59
If I Feel It, It's True 63
Feelings Come before Behaviors 67
It Has to Be a Certain Way 69
4 Love's Attitudes of Gratitude 73
You Can Choose What to Pay Attention To 75
It's Right to Notice What's Right 79
Receptivity Is Key 83
It's Not about Being a Doormat 87
Assume the Best 91
You're Not Perfect Either 95
The Other Person's Quirks Are Delightful 97
Love Is Truly a Gift 101
You Are a Great Gift Too 103
Awareness without Judgment Creates Change 107
Love Is the Cauldron in Which Our Souls Are Tempered 111
It's All about Learning 115
We're Here to Bring More Love into the World 119
5 The Practice of Gratitude in Love 121
Just Begin 125
Be Explicit 127
Practice Truly Seeing 129
Make a Gratitude Laundry List 131
Do It on Your Own 133
Celebrate Your "Usness" 137
Give Thanks for What's Not Difficult between You 141
Give What You Most Want to Get 145
Remember Your Manners 149
Share What Makes You Feel Appreciated 153
Receive What's Being Given 155
Do the 5 to 1 159
Give Thanks for Being Loved with All Your Foibles 161
Recall Your Love Story 165
Don't Forget the Bad Old Days 169
Notice Repair Attempts 173
Appreciate Love's Obligations 177
Take a Daily Gratitude Vow 179
Express Your Appreciation to Others 183
Ask a Friend for Help 185
When Times Get Tough, Go to the Higher Level 189
The Joyful Journey 193
My Thanks 197
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2003

    Wise, practical book!

    This small book advocates a very simple but effective approach to improving relationships: focus on being grateful... My wife and I have enjoyed it immensely and found it very helpful and practical. It's written in small chunks with a good humorous tone, so lends itself to reading aloud to each other...

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