Gratitude is an appreciation for what one has and a recognition of value independent of monetary worth or utility. It can be a spontaneous feeling but also a habit of mind: practiced effort to routinely count one’s blessings. Those who cultivate gratitude find it helps them live happier, more compassionate lives as they are gradually able to broaden and redefine the blessings they encounter, and then spread their newfound joy to others.
This video, featuring Brother David, a highly respected Benedictine monk, author and spiritual leader, is a BLESSING to all those with “eyes to see and ears to hear.” Look, listen and be inspired by this powerful message on grateful living.
“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.
Gratitude isn’t a feeling that materializes in response to your circumstances. It is a practice. And even if you feel that you have little to be grateful for ... you can—and should—engage in it. Thankfulness has been strongly and consistently shown to raise human beings’ happiness.
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