gratitude

Giving thanks

It seems like each year at Thanksgiving, everyone is grateful for the same things. At my family dinners, everyone goes around and says what they are thankful for, and usually the top contenders are family, shelter, and food—the basic necessities of life. Those things are important, and we should always express gratitude for them. But this year, why not mix things up a bit and think about some other gifts that are equally important? One thing that I’m grateful for this year is the gift of reading.

Great books about gratitude

Gratitude has always been recognized as an important attitude. Over 2000 years ago, the Greek philosopher Cicero argued that gratitude is “not only the greatest, but also the parent of all other virtues.” His claim that all other virtues are rooted in gratitude makes gratitude an essential characteristic for us to lead happy and productive lives.

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