I can’t remember the first time I heard the word “gratitude,” but I do remember when I first noticed it had become a trendy buzzword. I was watching Oprah and she was talking about her practice of keeping a Gratitude journal.
Who ever heard of a virtue being a cool thing to do? I thought. How awesome is that? Sometimes, I truly like the way the world spins.
So this month my blog topic is Gratitude -What’s all the fuss about?.
Dictionary Definition: “Being thankful, appreciation of and inclination to return kindness.”(Oxford Dictionary)
Etymology: “mid-15c., “good will,” from Middle French gratitude (15c.) or directly from Medieval Latin gratitudinem (nominative gratitudo) “thankfulness,” from Latin gratus “thankful, pleasing” (see grace (n.)). Meaning “thankfulness” is from 1560s.” (http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=gratitude)
Wikipedia Notes: “Gratitude is viewed as a prized human propensity in the Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Baha’i, and Hindu traditions. Worship with gratitude to God is a common theme in such religions and therefore, the concept of gratitude permeates religious texts, teachings, and traditions. For this reason, it is one of the most common emotions that religions aim to provoke and maintain in followers and is regarded as a universal religious sentiment.”
Oprah’s Gratitude Journal
Many people keep gratitude journals, but Oprah made them popular on TV. Have a listen:
To paraphrase her message:,by writing down five things you feel grateful for, every day, “the spiritual dimension in your life begins to change.” You have to write it down because, “there’s power in words.”
Following the Trend
I’m not one to follow trends, but this one has grown because it is more a contagion of heartfelt joy than a whim of the masses made popular by celebrities. I dare you to try it, if you haven’t already.
When you open your heart to gratitude, the love that resides at its center pulls you in, embraces you and releases you a better person. It is as if you are breathed in and out of humanity, by life’s essence – however you define that.
Although my office is littered with sticky notes that make little sense, stacks of unused and partly used notebooks and numerous electronic devices, I suck at keeping notes. But I believe what she says is true, the experience of being grateful probably is magnified when you write it down.
A fellow writer I follow on Facebook posts three things she is grateful for every day. Because FB is fickle I don’t always see her posts, but when I do I relish in them. They are simply stated and heartfelt, and their sincerity draws me in to a peaceful, serene state of mind. When she says she took a walk with her best friend on the beach, I feel the wind in her face and the warmth in their hearts.
Perhaps, I should write it down.
Do you keep a gratitude journal?
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