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The attitude of gratitude



By: Neha Vasudeva

We are currently living in a generation that often prioritises self-interest, leaving gratitude in the backseat. However, true thankfulness begins when we are able to recognise and appreciate the small things that make our lives better. Envy, materialism, narcissism, and cynicism can be seen as “thieves of thankfulness.”

But what exactly is gratitude?

Gratitude is the act of pausing to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted. It could be something as simple as having a place to live, access to food and clean water, or the presence of friends and family. It’s about reflecting on our fortune when good things happen, whether they are big or small.

Gratitude goes beyond a mere “thank you”. It is a character trait that requires thought, energy, and more than just going through the motions. Being thankful not only impacts the receiver but also the giver.

The importance of gratitude deserves consideration. Positive emotions resulting from gratitude are beneficial for our bodies, minds, and brains. They open us up to new possibilities and help balance out negative emotions. Moreover, gratitude helps us cultivate better relationships with those around us.

So, how can we practice gratitude every day?

·         Each day, think of 3 things you are grateful for

·         Start a gratitude journal

·         Practice gratitude rituals

·         Pay attention to those who contribute to making your life easier, such as friends, siblings, partners, and parents

·         Test the feeling of positivity by just saying a thank you to a person or to the Almighty for everything you have

·         Do not take anything for granted, even the fresh air you breathe is a dream to someone

·         Be polite and kind with your words and actions

·         Wake up and sleep with a thank you to the Almighty for this wonderful day.

Final thoughts

All in all, I would like to say that it is important to recognise that everyone desires happiness and peace. The attitude of gratitude can help us cultivate these feelings. In today’s generation, where many seem lost in a world of ungratefulness, adopting an attitude of gratitude can foster love and respect towards parents, relatives, family, friends, teachers, society, and nature at large. Let’s all make a promise to be grateful and thankful for everything we have!