World Gratitude Day

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Somewhere in Safety Harbor Florida, on the third of this month, a burglar broke into a home sometime after 4 a.m. The burglar then proceeded to cook himself an early morning meal, and told the resident to “go back to sleep”.

It doesn’t matter how small; we all have something to be grateful for. It is literally impossible to have come all the way from January to September without a few things to be thankful for.

The concept of Gratitude day was conceived in 1965. It was then later adopted by the United Nations Meditation Group as an opportunity to show appreciation for all things; big and small. There is no better time than the present to reflect on the beauty of the world around you. We need to cultivate an attitude of gratitude at home, at work, and in the community at large.

Living a grateful life helps us to leverage a kind of inner peace, recognizing that life itself is a gift to be cherished and celebrated. By giving thanks, for the small and big things alike, we are taking a stand on behalf of what really matters; peace.

Living a grateful life helps us to leverage a kind of inner peace, recognizing that life itself is a gift to be cherished and celebrated. Click To Tweet

People who give thanks are people who recognize the interconnection of human existence as a global family. When we are thankful, even our environment benefits from our gratitude. We are more content and less likely to contribute to habits of excessive consumption that accrue and ignite conflict.

Gratitude stimulates love, empathy, and respect. It shapes how we relate to each other and compels us towards kindness and generosity. Take out time to think of all the things that you have in life that you should be grateful for. From family, friendships, and good health, to a good job, access to education, shelter, food... The list is endless.

In a time when suicides are occurring at an alarming rate, gratitude can play a very important role in our lives. Reaching out to people around us to show our appreciation for their friendship can mean a whole lot.

We live in a time when most of the things which need to be said are left unsaid. Click To Tweet

We live in a time when most of the things which need to be said are left unsaid. A lot of important words get lost in being “cool” or “hip”, or “going with the times”. Don’t be ashamed or reluctant to appreciate that person close to you whom you are thankful for. Be the light you want to see in the world.

Reach out to family, reach out to friends, reach out to long lost friends. Connect with nature and be thankful for life in all its wantonness.

Be grateful!

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