One recurring attribute of people who have happiness (or inner
peace and contentment) is the attribute of being grateful and
appreciative for what is all around them. This is an attribute
that all of us could well cultivate, for it changes how we feel.
Our upsets tend to melt in the face of gratefulness. This is
completely contrary to the current media emphasis on what is
wrong. That emphasis is unhappy, so why would I want to limit
myself to just the problems?
One important goal of this book is to empower you, the reader, to accomplish more growth and healing by yourself.
Why not emphasize some good stuff too? Therefore, throughout this book, I have included sections
that can elicit these positive feelings within us. Just feeling
some of that gratitude and appreciation will be a touch of
healing (i.e., self-therapy) for us all. Try reading aloud the
following (note how soothing such self-talk feels):