The Pursuit of Happiness Begins With Gratitude
The pursuit of happiness is a most noble endeavor that begins with gratitude. Indeed gratitude is the parent of all virtues and the cornerstone of living a happy life. Simply put, gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions you can use to dissolve all negativity in your life. Feeling grateful has a number of benefits. When we feel grateful we also feel positive emotions, we are alert and our inner exuberance will be evident by our bright and shiny countenance. Furthermore, the character building and inner strength we receive is all for our benefit. We also reach a degree of humility, which is important. Feeling and expressing gratitude is a universal law that immediately puts the universe in debt to us. The payment of that debt often comes at times, and in ways that we do not expect.
There are several ways to express gratitude. The most common way is to say thank you for a benefit you have received. We can also go further than a thank you and do something kind for the giver. Rendering service is also a great way to express your gratitude. When we serve others we do it because it is the right thing to do and it makes us feel good about ourselves, thus producing a win win situation.
It is the authors hope that we will contemplate the meaning of gratitude and think about what we are truly grateful for in life. I am grateful for my life and the trials and tribulations that come with it. If it were not for trials and tribulations I would not have the opportunity to learn and grow. I am grateful for my family, my friends and the many people I have met throughout my life. There are many things I am grateful for, too numerous to mention here. I wish all of you a wonderful and prosperous new year in 2012. May we all learn to put our selfishness aside and practice the art of selflessness.