Attitudes of Gratitude in Loveby M. J. Ryan, Daphne Rose Kingma (Foreword by)
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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