“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” — Rabbi Harold Kushner
A simple dictionary defines gratitude as the state of being thankful or grateful. However, as simple as this state of mind may seem, it has a deep significance to the manifestation of the world around us.
For one, it helps us to bring positive aspects in our life into perspective while negating all the negative thoughts and emotions. Practicing gratitude cuts downs the feeling of envy and negative emotions towards others and gives us space to appreciate what life has given to us in spite of our never ending human desires. Helping our friends and family members, smiling back to others, being kind to strangers and even saying a “thankyou” are all small yet great ways of showing our gratitude. The expression of our gratitude to our loved ones around us is a great means to create a circle of positive emotions and foster healthy relationships. It plays an important role in our character. Remember that, being able to appreciate others is an appreciation for ourselves first!