42. Gratitude

Gratitude to me this is by far one of the simplest most genuine acts a human can perform towards another. A definition describes it as, the readiness to show appreciation for an act of kindness and to return said kindness. This being said, it also sometimes is the hardest act to get another to perform or some just take it all for granted. William Arthur Ward said it best – “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it”.

Gratitude allows us to look at the simple things, no matter how small, and be thankful for the experience and enjoy it as well. Not to mention it also shines a light into the world of others, making their efforts validated, not in an ego stroking way, but, as a small way of saying you appreciate the effort that person has put forward into the your well being. Dr. Robert Emmons, a positive psychologist, has put forward gratitude in two ways. He first opines that it is the feeling that occurs when one person acknowledges receiving a valuable benefit from another. He then however goes onto say that it is also a personal benefit that was not intentionally sought after, deserved, or earned but rather because of good intentions of another person.

How many of us have stop to realise, that prayer we say when we partake in a meal, is not in all ways a service to the Lord? It is in truth and in fact an acknowledgement that you are indeed grateful for a simple blessing such as having a meal put out before you.

Gratitude, true gratitude is not about making someone feel as thought they are indebted to you for life. It doesn’t even mean that person has to pay you back. True gratitude is about doing good, feeling good and creating that cycle of good that may after all be the light that leads this current world out of the darkness.

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