In “The uses of gratitude in diplomacy” The Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Board remarks on President Obama’s recent appeal to Europeans to help address the continent’s current challenges by recognizing with gratitude “the progress they have already made.” The editorial points out: “The facts today in Europe cry out for gratitude. A continent that was once in constant war now has people desperately trying to enter it.” It also cites one US professor’s observation that gratitude “is a way to foster long-term thinking and patience.”
Ideas on this subject:
From the Bible:
In every thing give thanks.
—I Thessalonians 5:18
Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:
Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more. Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech.
—Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 3
Gratitude and love should abide in every heart each day of all the years.
—Manual of The Mother Church, p. 60
Related articles from the Christian Science Sentinel and The Christian Science Monitor’s “A Christian Science perspective” column:
In “Seeing the real picture”: “... each time we encounter discord and evil, we have a choice to make…. I decided that I would serve God by recognizing only good as real, and the opposite of God, manifested in death, disease, hatred, anger, and so on, as unrealities that are destroyed through understanding God.” And “Nothing can close our eyes to the good that is present now and always in God’s universe, because we have the spiritual sense with which to discern reality.”
In “The good report”: “Problems … can be [corrected] through our growing understanding of what is spiritually true, as we pray to better discern the ‘things’ that are good, which brings them more in evidence in our experience.” And “We can each do our part … by gratefully acknowledging present spiritual good, by thinking on ‘these things’: truth, honesty, justice, purity, loveliness, things of a good report, virtue, and praise.”
The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.