GRATITUDE A CATALYST FOR HAPPINESS?

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means graciousness or gratefulness, depending on the context). In some ways, gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for any tangible or intangible things that the individual receives. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. Gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or supreme power. 

I agree igniting the gratitude vibe helps us to see that not everything is terrible. But many times, we force ourselves to be grateful. There are certain situations in life when we pretend everything is okay when actually it’s not! By doing this, are we not masking our actual feelings? When we show gratitude to hide the real problem, it can never be a catalyst for happiness! 

Many of us have met some people in our life who express gratitude in every situation irrespective of the fact, whether the situation deserves our gratitude or not! Some people keep thanking other people multiple times in return for a small favour. There is another category of people who express gratitude to others for their own achievement. They downplay their talent and success by inappropriately expressing gratitude to other people. These expressions of excessive gratitude can have negative impacts on us. 

Thus, consciously cultivating an attitude of gratitude builds up a sort of psychological immune system that can cushion us when we fall. Moreover, scientific evidence shows that grateful people are more resilient to stress, whether minor everyday hassles or major personal upheavals. Hence, the contrast between suffering and redemption serves as the basis for practising gratitude.

2 thoughts on “GRATITUDE A CATALYST FOR HAPPINESS?

  1. An interesting debate on various forms gratitude can take reminding to be more humble. I believe there is a thin line there should be between showering gratitude and not giving too much credit, albeit overdoing. Always grateful to people playing in part in my life and this is what I strive.

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  2. This article was very thoughtfully written by you, Geet. Especially, the part where you mentioned about “expressions of excessive gratitude”. I have known people who say, “Thank You” so much that it feels nothing less than sarcasm. Flattery kind of stuff, that is.

    God bless you!

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