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Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier.
In concept, saying you’re grateful even if you’re not seems bourgeois and saccharine. But it’s actually a tool to a better end.
By Arthur C. Brooks

“Finally, be grateful for useless things. It is relatively easy to be thankful for the most important and obvious parts of life — a happy marriage, healthy kids or living in America. But truly happy people find ways to give thanks for the little, insignificant trifles. Ponder the impractical joy in Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poem “Pied Beauty”:

Glory be to God for dappled things —

For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;

For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;

Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;

Landscape plotted and pieced — fold, fallow, and plough;

And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

Be honest: When was the last time you were grateful for the spots on a trout? More seriously, think of the small, useless things you experience — the smell of fall in the air, the fragment of a song that reminds you of when you were a kid. Give thanks.

This Thanksgiving, don’t express gratitude only when you feel it. Give thanks especially when you don’t feel it. Rebel against the emotional “authenticity” that holds you back from your bliss. As for me, I am taking my own advice and updating my gratitude list. It includes my family, faith, friends and work. But also the dappled complexion of my bread-packed bird.”

And It Was You

And what I am to you
is a dotted line of promises
waiting for the seal of ink
or a cracked drum
or failing vows
under ugly sunset.

And what I am to you
is the fake smile of a liar
keys untumbling lock
dead flowers
and dusty stairs.

And what I am to you
is a night of fading fire
coals winking down
for the sea to reclaim
cold stones.

And what I am to you
is a broken back of desire
limbs rotten blue
drive pitch black 
vampire midnight.

And it was you all along.
And it was you.
And it was you.

- Chris Lees