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Life is not a bed of roses. And that’s a blessing. Who wants to lay upon a bed of thorny roses? They would hurt as you tried to sleep. Certainly, the reality of life as a human is that we are provided with an abundance of irritations, inconveniences and sorrows, even with those people, events and things that we think should be giving us joy.

We can use Gratitude as a wellbeing tool to examine our life, at any moment, to find some benefit for which to be Grateful. In this way we shape our perception of the circumstances in which we find ourselves. It allows us to take control over the way we perceive our life, rather than letting external factors control our thoughts and feelings. In a way it allows us to smell the roses, pluck the petals and discard the thorns into the garden waste recycling bin. The thorns still exist, but they are removed from stabbing you in the back as you sleep.

At Stoke Your Gratitude C.I.C. we teach people how to remove the thorns and how to smell the roses.


We are funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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