Gratitude and truth

Gratitude and truth are like identical twins. They are inseparable. It was the Buddha who many thousands of years ago suggested that:

‘Good men and bad men differ radically. Bad men never appreciate kindness shown them, but wise men appreciate and are grateful. Wise men try to express their appreciation and gratitude by some return of kindness’ 

Cicero advised:

‘Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others’ 

Sophocles spoke about how:

‘Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth’

I like the idea that gratitude is a parental virtue and the fastest way to find happiness. I lie to think that the best way for a parent to find gratitude is to guide their children to follow a path that makes them, rather than their parents, most happy.

Mahatma Gandhi stated:

‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’

The basis of gratitude is an intense sense of the truth or what Ghandi described as Satyagraha – the insistence on the truth. This insistence on the truth is described in Hebrew texts as EMET – the seal of the truth

Emet – the seal of the truth

G K Chesterton counselled:

‘I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder… when it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude’

Positive outcomes of being grateful are:

  • Greater satisfaction with life and feeling more loved
  • More optimistic, alert, enthusiastic and higher energy levels
  • Less stress and anxiety and better sleep (duration and quality of sleep)
  • More open to interconnectedness with others and openness to sharing
  • More likely to help others and less judgmental of others
  • Taking better care of yourself, less self-pity and better immune system
  • Less interest in materialism and possessions.

Gratitude, like love, is one of the most powerful emotions and one that shows a clear differentiation between positive and negative people. Grateful people seem to have better mechanisms for coping with life, asking for help and planning how they are going to overcome difficulties. Gratitude seems to explain levels of well-being more than most other factors. There is an increasing level of scientific study that supports the view that grateful people tend to have a higher level of personal health and well-being than people who are not grateful.

 When you show Gratitude to nature, natural energies can wink back even for a few moments in time – (the Himalayas close to Everest)

 Miracles are everywhere if you can take a moment to see them

Albert Einstein wrote:

‘There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle’

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