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April 1, 2007
Current popular wisdom on "how to be happy" suggests that we list, on a daily basis, the things for which we are grateful. By focusing on what we have rather than on what we don't, we'll better appreciate the richness of our lives and discover what truly matters to us -- or reacquaint ourselves with it.

I've asked my patients to come to each session prepared to offer one "gratitude". Just one -- so they don't feel burdened or frustrated. Knowing them, someone will say, "I'm grateful for grapes!" And for that I'll have to nod my head in agreement.