Thursday 8 December 2016

Why I've returned to saying the rosary

Published 12/10/2015 | 02:30

Universal issues: But when it comes to the more universal issues, it is in fact god we are being grateful to.
Universal issues: But when it comes to the more universal issues, it is in fact god we are being grateful to.

I'm trying to stick with the gratitude thing. If you were paying attention last week you will know that gratitude is the new mindfulness. Indeed, you may have heard this elsewhere. I'm not the first person with this news. From Oprah down, everyone is gone mad on gratitude. There are obviously many books. I have chosen not to read them. I am operating off a half-read newspaper article and some hearsay. Mainly I have taken in that gratitude can apparently make you 25pc happier.

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As I was explaining last week, if you are not a naturally grateful person, which it may surprise you to find I'm not, you have to force the issue at the beginning. I am currently still at the forcing stage. Gratitude, along with many of the other more positive emotions, does not come naturally to me. I have always prided myself on being quite a negative person, fearful and distrustful of the world, so this is all new territory for me.

I am not 25pc happier. Or maybe I am but I don't realise it. I'm up and down to be honest. I don't even know what my baseline happiness level is to start with so it's hard to say that I am a quarter happier than that. Somedays I am possibly 10pc less happier, and other days I might be 10pc happier. And I wouldn't even really call it happy. Less unhappy maybe?

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