The Power of Gratitude

Most of us have been taught from childhood to say, "Thank you!" when we have received a gift or some expression of kindness. Sometimes we do indeed feel grateful, but at other times formal thanks are given merely because this form of speech has become a habit, resulting from early training rather than from heartfelt gratitude. Often it is used without even a thought of its real meaning or value.

Yet such is the power of gratitude that in those moments when we are really grateful we naturally radiate so much love and joy that both we ourselves and the giver are made doubly happy, while those around us are often lifted out of some dark fear. They feel renewed hope and encouragement as they share the happiness shining forth in some expression of appreciation. If, then, so much good is possible from an expression of gratitude for human kindness, how much greater power have consistent gratitude and praise to our Father-Mother God, the Giver of all good, for His unceasing provision of harmony and happiness to man!

"The health of my countenance"
May 9, 1936

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