“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
The quality of being thankful for what you have and the readiness to show appreciation for is what we call gratitude. Gratitude is the key to instant happiness. There’s just so much in our lives that we take for granted. Just pause for a moment and think, when was the last time you stopped, took a deep breath and admired the beauty of the sky? When was the last time you gave yourself time to get mesmerized by the simplicity of nature or an architecture? Humans statistically engage in a conversation with about 12 people throughout their day. But how many of us really appreciate these interactions? When you practice gratitude towards these little things, you realise their value. You notice how privileged you really are.
When you are grateful for something, you feel the need to protect it. Be it relationships, the warm bed you sleep in every night, or even the stranger you smile at on your way to work. These fine details can make your day, and it’s all because you acknowledge them. You cherish them. In our lives, many such small things get unnoticed.
We should learn to live every moment, every minute of the day and be thankful for it. Be thankful for the food you eat. Many people are starving. Be thankful for the roof over your head, some people will have to spend the night on street again tonight. Instead of fussing over how you have to walk to office everyday, be grateful that you can. There are many out there who lost their limbs to some disease.
Happiness is born from gratitude. Being grateful dissolves our ego. The minor acts of pure kindness on our part can make someone’s day. Smile at random people you pass by on the crossing. Compliment your colleagues. Maybe buy a homeless man a meal while you order your coffee. Doing these small things takes less effort, but goes a long way in spreading the positivity that you feel within yourself. It feels good when your efforts are appreciated. But it feels even better to make someone else feel appreciated. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, focus on what you do. Instead of complaining of what you can’t do, be grateful for what you can. As Eckhart Tolle said, “ Acknowledging the good you already have in life is the foundation for all abundance.”
Class – XI Editor, The Peace Gong