Why gratitude matters

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about gratitude. It’s pretty widely acknowledged that being grateful is good for you. It’s like opening the shutters in a darkened room to let the sunlight in. I’ve found that just pausing to be grateful—even for some small thing—can often help me see more of the good around me that maybe I had been overlooking. So I’m thankful for gratitude; it’s a wonderful habit to cultivate. 

Mary Baker Eddy once wrote, “What is gratitude but a powerful camera obscura, a thing focusing light where love, memory, and all within the human heart is present to manifest light” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 164). That’s a very compelling definition of gratitude. I love the idea that when we let gratitude enter the heart, it brings both light and focus. It turns our attention to ideas that will bring healing. 

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