ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/ – noun
the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful: He expressed his gratitude to everyone on the staff.
1400–50; late ME < ML grātitūdin- (s. of grātitūdō) thankfulness, equiv. to grāt(us) pleasing
Gratitude is all the rage these days. You can hardly fire up your computer, turn on the TV, or browse a best-selling self-help book without hearing about the benefits of being grateful, and living from an attitude of gratitude.
There are books about it, websites and social networking sites devoted solely to expounding on it, there are suggested prayers, affirmations and incantations designed to amplify it. We are supposed to cultivate it, nurture it, have a journal for it, and always have an attitude of it. And, that sounds good like good stuff. It really does. So I am not putting down gratitude at all. Far from it – I do my best to practice it. I am grateful, and blessed. I live an abundant life, with abundant resources, in an abundant country, in an abundant world where, paradoxically, so many have so little.
But sometimes when I am writing in my gratitude journal about being thankful for my annoying but entertaining cat, and being blessed with pretty feet (hey, I have to come up with at least five things per day, and after a few weeks, fresh ideas are running thin) it does sometimes seem a little contrived. But the other day, I stumbled across a practice which has moved me from being a bemused cynic about gratitude, to being a whole-hearted, sincere champion of the cause.
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