The word gratitude comes from the Latin word gratus, which means “thankful, pleasing.” Thus it is often said that to be grateful is to appreciation and express thankfulness for what you have and for what people do for you. There are many personal habits, which create the emotions of appreciation and gratitude, and I believe these are good for your emotional and physical health.
You may be asking, what should I give thanks for?
I think this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson says it well:
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
He’s been dead a hundred years, but I think I should still give him credit. :>)
The Buddhist say out of the millions of species of life on the earth, we could have been born a tree, a weed, a bug or even a fungus....yes you could have been born a fungus. But we are the most marvelous creation on earth, we can see, we can hear, we can feel, we can move: walk, run, swim and we can think. There is no other creature like us.
It is this thought that inspires gratitude. This gratitude means we are thankful that we can see, we can hear, we can feel, we can move: walk, run, swim and we can think. We are grateful for being the most marvelous creature on earth. It is this spirit of gratitude and gratefulness that inspires happiness. We should be grateful and happy, that we were not born a tree, not born a weed, not born a bug and not a fungus. Yes I am grateful and this spirit makes me happy.
What are you grateful for and how does it make you happy?
@shortsegments, blogging on Steemit for 26 moons.
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