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Colin Ude-Lewis

I resisted buying The No Asshole Rule for some time because of cringing at the title, but I caved in and have to say it hits the spot - I am an Executive Coach and advise all my clients to buy a copy - when they don't I buy one for them....

With respect to BS Bingo here is a great link to Plain English on Management Speak and another to the BS game

http://www.plainenglish.co.uk/mgmtspeak.htm

http://lurkertech.com/buzzword-bingo/

Sam Thornton

We could pass a law:

"All those who are not happy and content will be beaten until they are."

Divine discontent, anyone?

Rui

Thanks for the post.I'm going to prepare a gratitude journal, hope it helps. Go!

Matthew Mahoney

The post is great, as are the comments. There's a propagation-of-good thread here that I'm thrilled to see receiving more fact-based research -- the Emmons & McCullough work, the Christakis & Fowler work, Chip & Dan Heath's work -- are all related to communicability. Reminds me of the Salk/Munnecke epidemic of health thinking (http://bit.ly/VALf). I'm grateful there's illuminating work being done and shared. Thanks for making the post.

Bobsutton

Wally,

I am very impressed with your mother!

Bob

Wally Bock

Thankfulness is important. Among other things, it helps you stay balanced in a world that exalts the quest for "things." One of the easiest ways to show gratitude is to send thank-you notes. I try match my mother's performance of at least three a day. Once I asked her what she did if there was no one to thank. She gave me her "mom-look" and said, "Wally, there's ALWAYS someone to thank." As in many other things, she was right about that. The big advantage of saying thank-you is that you share the good feeling.

Mike

Agree that regular gratitude is essential to good living and better relationships of all kinds. If you take the time to find 5 good things each day, you'll find yourself looking for the good in people. This will enhance your appreciation of them - and they will usually respond in kind.

Katie

Not mushy at all. I tend to always find the happiest people I know have been through life's greatest hardships. Good old perspective. Remember what Anaïs Nin said, "We see the world as we are."

Kelley Eskridge

Not too mushy at all. Gratitude is so important -- recognizing that the world brings us beauty and truth and joy even when our own lives are in turmoil.

Are you familiar with the reticular activating system? (http://graciousliving.typepad.com/the_write_event/2007/08/the-reticular-a.html) It's an important part of the brain system that tells us what to pay attention to. Once we let an idea, a thing, a person, etc. into our conscious awareness, we tend to notice that thing more often whenever it occurs around us.

So imagine if we practiced gratitude... maybe we'd start finding so much more to be grateful about every day.

And maybe it would spread to others. Here's an article about the social contagion of happiness (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28058552/).

Thanks, Bob, great post.

Allison O'Neill

no way its not too mushy - life would be way sweeter if we all did this - the world would be a totally different place. Tony Robbins speaks lots about daily gratitude. it changes your life! its a very important mindset

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