Grateful living is possible only when we realize that other people and agents do things for us that we cannot do for ourselves.” — Robert Emmons. According to his website, Robert Emmons is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. I never thought of gratitude as a science, but his website, https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/profile/robert_emmons, is full of stuff. I look…

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I came across the term “cult of celebrity” written in the context that our society has a fetish for the celebrity and tends to ignore words such as “teamwork” and “doing one’s job.” Have you ever seen an offensive lineman interviewed after a big football game? Yet, any quarterback will tell you without the men…

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I was explaining to a friend that I  was reading A.J. Jacobs book, Thanks a Thousand, and I said, “I am working on my gratitude.” He immediately disagreed saying “You can’t work on gratitude. You are either grateful or your not.” Maybe I should have said I am working on my awareness, becoming more aware of all…

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Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues, but the parent of all others. — Cicero. My daughter gave me a book for Christmas titled, Thanks A Thousand, by A.J. Jacobs. The author starts with the idea of thanking everyone involved in producing his morning cup of coffee. I began the book last night am already…

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Many of you know this story. When it became apparent that I was going on sabbatical, Suzy said, “Webb you need to tell the kids.” Memories of that conversation still take my breath away. I prayed, spent time walking and thinking, and sought out the advice of a dear, dear friend. I poured out my…

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