Re: Joyful generosity, Jan/Feb, p. 10.
The Book of Joy (Penguin Random House, 2016) named my skepticism of gratitude as a conscious practice: that it is naive or will lead to complacency or even injustice. But it then points to recent scientific studies that have not found that people who practice gratitude are more naive or complacent — instead, they are more empathetic, helpful, generous and effective in achieving change. In short: “gratitude is motivating, not demotivating”. Counter-intuitive? Yes. Also true? I intend to find out, one grateful day at a time.
—Karl Maier, Victoria, BC