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By Felicia, on September 21st, 2012

In the last 6 months, the single most important thing I have learned is what a powerful feeling gratitude is and how it not only affects me but how it can affect others.  I have been to the funerals/memorials of three family members, my 2 grandmothers and my husband’s great uncle and the common theme in their lives and in their deaths was gratitude.  It was talked about in all the services, how these 3 people affected many with the kindness and thankfulness they conveyed.  It got me thinking about what would be said when I move on from this life, will I be remembered as a grateful person?

“According to Cicero, ‘Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others.’ Multiple studies have shown the correlation between gratitude and increased well-being not only for the individual but for all people involved.” (1)

When you say thank you, you spread acceptance, kindness and a willingness to recognize the good deeds of your fellow human.  For example, by thanking and acknowledging the nurses, doctors and other healthcare providers, my grandmother created a bubble of positive feelings and energy around herself.  People thought of her with love and kindness, they wanted to be in her presence.  They, in turn, showed her gratitude for her gratitude.  It was the same theme in all the memorials I attended, gratitude for the gratitude shown.

“Regular practice of gratitude can change the way our brain neurons fire into more positive automatic patterns. The positive emotions we evoke can soothe distress and broaden our thinking patterns so we develop a larger and more expansive view of our lives.  Gratitude is an emotion of connectedness, which reminds us we are part of a larger universe with all living things.” (2)

This thought has inspired me to be a person that is grateful for all aspects of my life, positive and negative; to realize the positive aspects of the negative things and be grateful for the lessons.  Then I hope that when I am remembered, I will be remembered with gratitude.

Here is a short video om YouTube that inspired me.

Sources:

(1)    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gratitude

(2)   http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-mindful-self-express/201111/the-seven-best-gratitude-quotes