In her wonderful book The Gifts of Imperfection (which I reread regularly and refer to often!) , Brene Brown says:
Without exception, every person …who described themselves as joyful, actively practised gratitude and attributed their joyfulness to their gratitude practice.
She defines joy as being different to happiness: Happiness is tied to circumstances and joyfulness is tied to spirit and gratitude.
I try to incorporate gratitude into every day and to do that, I have a gratitude practice. And often my gratitude is for the people in my life. Today I am particularly grateful for the presence in my life of gorgeous Tony Byrt who took the joy filled wedding photo that I posted here the other day. For me, a central part of gratitude is connection and these photos of Tony’s seem to me to celebrate moments of connection. I like that. Several friends took great photos which we are all eagerly looking at, wondering how the professional ones could be much better!
I did add a thank you to the actual post but no-one will be seeing that…yesterday’s news. And the observant reader will note that I mentioned Tony here in this website. Here is one more of his wedding photos-the other set of proud parents. Truly, that’s it now.