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November 2012

November 2, 2012

“Wiser Now” November 2012

On the Apple Newsstand November 1st.

Protecting Gratitude Against All Odds

Gratitude, like forgiveness, can be a real challenge. It’s hard to feel grateful when you’re weathering a storm, and it’s hard to forgive when you’ve been betrayed. And yet, this is precisely when the effort can lead to transformation of character and circumstance, short term and long term.

One of the greatest gifts of 20th century neuroscience was the revelation that the brain receives and transmits data. This offers exciting opportunities for self determination. Just one is this: goodness can come to us, but we can call for it as well.

Cultivating gratitude won’t bring world peace overnight, but the argument is made here that it has the power to not only resolve individual dilemmas, but impart a quality to daily life to which beneficial events naturally gravitate.

This month, we present cogent reflections on the national voting exercise, the first Thanksgiving, our relationship with money, the neuroscience of belief, the effects of gratitude, familial relationships, the nature of media and government and an introduction to relationship literacy.

“We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”    ― Thornton Wilder

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