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Alain de Botton

On Gratitude

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"And since to look at things in bloom, Fifty springs are little room, About the woodlands I will go, To see the cherry hung with snow" - from A.E. Houseman, A Shropshire Lad

Alain de Botton argues convincingly that one of the differences between religious and secular lives is that in the former, one says thank you all the time: when eating, going to bed, waking up etc. He believes that the rest of do not say thank you for a sunset because we think there will be many more

Many meanwhile advise that, religious or not, we should start and finish each day with a "prayer", e.g.