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Gratitude is One of the Simplest Ways to be Happy

by Charly Mann

One of the simplest ways to feel happy is to be grateful.  Any time I am feeling stressed or down I can always rely on gratitude to put things into perspective. Sure bad things happen in life, but being thankful for our many blessings can help us realize what we have. Each time I add up all the great things and experiences I have had in my life I quickly see how they outweigh the negative ones by a wide margin, and I am immediately thankful and feeling better.

One of the worst things that befall us is the death of someone we love, but even then being grateful can lessen this sadness. After all we did get to spend time, share joy, and learn from that person, which is something we can be very thankful for.

I have noticed that grateful people are far more positive, optimistic, enthusiastic, satisfied, and much less prone to stress than people who exhibit tendencies of entitlement. They are also are far less envious of other people’s financial success and material possessions.

For the last decade I have spent the last ten to fifteen minutes before I go to bed making a list of all the great things that happened to me that day. When I began doing this it took me about three minutes to do the list, and I rarely had more than 15 things to be thankful for that day. Within three years I averaged more than 60 items a day, and it was not unusual for there to be more than 100. It was not that I was being more observant, or setting lower standards for what I was grateful for, it was that many more incredible things were occurring in my life each day. It seems that gratitude truly begets more gifts from life. 

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Joe Phillips      12:43 PM Fri 3/27/2015

You look great for your age buddy - that is something you should really be grateful for.

Sylvia Clark      9:48 AM Fri 3/27/2015

Very inspiring Charly - your writing has always been uplifting. I have enjoyed Chapel Hill Memories for years.

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Charly Mann

About Me

Ever since I was very young I have been intrigued with how one could live happily ever after like the characters I read about in fairy tales. As a child I noticed most of the adults I was exposed to were often anxious and angry, and only a very few seemed to be calm and happy. By the time I was a teenager I was scouring philosophy and psychology books looking for instructions on how to have a marvelous life. I also began questioning scores of adults I would encounter about their philosophy on life and what they thought one needed to do to be perfectly contented. In 1967, at the age of 17, I started a daily journal that compiled all the information I acquired that day on the subject. Today that journal includes three dozen large notebooks and more than 3,400 pages on my hard drive.

I have had a marvelous life thus far - most of it incredibly happy, healthy, and successful. Since 1968 I have also tracked how happy and successful I was in the previous year. Through the end of 2013, each year has been significantly better than the year before. I believe much of this can be attributed on what I learned and implemented in my own life about achieving good health, success, and happiness. As I mature and learn more my methodology for making my life great has changed a lot. I achieved enormous financial success before I was 25, which contributed greatly to my enjoyment of life for almost a decade, but even before I was 30 I found that there were things far more important than wealth that made my life great and I keep discovering more. I have had financial independence since I was very young, but almost all the joys and pleasure I now derive from life are free or cost very little.

On Uplifting Visions I share insights that I have gained from my own experience, observation, and a life of research on attaining happiness, health, and success.

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