The Oxford dictionary teaches us that gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
But gratitude is much more than that. Gratitude is a state of mind that we need to cultivate every day, an exercise that is essential to our mental and spiritual health. And it’s essential to our degree of happiness.
When we tend to complain that we don’t have enough money to buy a bigger house, to go on more holidays, to buy a more expensive car, we always need to remember how little others have. And even when it seems we have too little, we need to remember the good things that we have in our life, the things that really matter.
There is always something to be thankful for. Maybe you have a roof over your head, some food that you put on the table, a good relationship with your loved ones. Hopefully you have your health, which many times we take for granted, until we lose it, or a loved one does. Maybe you have a quiet nook where you can hide and read your favorite books, or recharge for an hour a day. Maybe you have a job that you don’t hate. Or children and grandchildren to be proud of.
There is always something to be thankful for. Your next breath is something to be thankful for. The sunlight caressing your skin. The senses that allow you to listen to lovely music, or smell a beautiful flower, or taste your favorite food.
The events that surround us lately, either close-by or in the news, showed us that many things we took for granted can be taken away from us in a heartbeat, sometimes with one person’s decision. It’s not fair, sometimes it’s not something we can control. But we can control our reactions to what’s going on around us and inside of us. We can cultivate gratitude and kindness, toward ourselves and toward others.
There is always something to be thankful for.
Today I am thankful that, thirty-eight years ago, my soulmate was born.
I am thankful for my readers all over the world, who give me their time, their money, their attention, their emotions.
I am thankful that I will be able to take a hot shower and sleep on clean sheets tonight.
What are YOU thankful for right now?
Melinda De Ross is the first Romanian to become a USA Today bestselling author. A prolific writer, she weaves humorous romance and tension-filled thrillers with the same enthusiasm. Her books combine the elegance of European literature with the modern appeal of American culture. While she’s a law graduate and professional target shooter, she prefers to spend her days spinning tales for her readers. In her downtime, she’d rather read or watch a classic movie than go to a noisy club. She loves to hear from readers, so if you have a question or want to learn more about her books, visit her website: MelindaDeRoss.com