The Practice of Gratitude

I remember a woman who had an office near mine who was continually saying, “Thank You, Father.” At that time, I thought it was a little bit over the top, but I eventually found myself saying it too, all the time. And that simple practice has changed my life for the better.

Blessings > gratitude… gratitude > blessings.

Gratitude feels good! It is a blessing in itself. It fills the heart.

Poets such as Ralph Waldo Emerson opined its merit, saying, “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously,” while philosophers such as the stoic Cicero espoused, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”

Of course, religions have long emphasized the importance of gratitude. In the East, Buddha said, “A person of integrity is grateful and thankful” (Katannu Sutta), while in the West, the Bible says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)…

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