Gratitude: A Ph.D. Worth Pursuing

Gratitude: A Ph.D. Worth Pursuing

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~William Arthur Ward

In honour of Thanksgiving Day in Canada today, and the long weekend that accompanies it, I offer you some thoughts on the role and nature of gratitude, the basis of thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving need not be relegated to a day, or a season, but rather to each day and all seasons.

I suspect that in the University of Life, the highest degree offered may be a Ph.D in Perpetual Gratitude.

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” ~Henry Van Dyke

Call it age, but I find, increasingly, that I am grateful for smaller things every day, the minuscule moments. Sometimes, even for no particular reason whatsoever, which is an unexpected additional pleasure.

Maybe it’s just practice, or a survival mechanism, but choosing gratitude is sometimes, it seems, the only choice that can assuage life’s inherent pain.

Gratitude is like the oil in your car: you can’t drive for very long without it.

Choosing thankfulness in the smaller moments (because, make no mistake, it is a choice) provides the practice required to eventually be able to choose gratitude in the larger, potentially more difficult moments.

Eventually, you will wake up each morning with a grateful heart and go the sleep every night with a peaceful soul.

That’s a degree worth pursuing.

Happy Thanksgiving, every one, whether you’re in Canada or elsewhere.

And may you feel joy today, with or without a turkey dinner.

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My gratitude is perpetual.” ~Henry David Thoreau

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