When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect towards others.” ~ Dalai Lama
I recall some of my early days as a child when my elders would say to us, one thing that can take you around the world even if you do not have money of your own to do so is, ‘good manners.’ A huge part of that [‘good manners’] was to make sure that no matter what, that we always say ‘thank you’ among the many other things.
It would seem back them that a lot of the things they would say to us did not make much sense because when they spoke, it was almost as if they were speaking a ‘parable.’
But now that I am fully grown and I have to face life without them, the things that they said to us as children is now making a lot of sense and do have moral implications in life.
When you practice saying thank you, you not only gain the respect of others, but there is a sense of respect that you yourself have towards others. There is a level of exuberance that flows which causes everyone around you to sparkle with a enthusiasm and gratitude for life.
Where there is gratitude and respect, there is community and people are happier with themselves and more content with what they have. There is love and laughter. It’s a bond that keeps a family together.
Successful people practice gratitude. Gratitude becomes the staple that they cannot live without. It may not be a drug, but it is worth the while to invest your time and energy in the habit of living a life of gratitude.
Gratitude attracts respect! The more you say thank you for what you already have, the more respect people have for you, and the more success lives at your doorsteps.
So live gratitude, live healthy by practicing it everyday and as Joyce Meyer once said, “There is no happier person than a truly thankful, content person.”
TAKE IT FROM HERE...
- What other benefits can you name that comes from gratitude?
- What are some of the ways that you express gratitude?
- How do you develop an attitude of gratitude?