Gratitude in Today's World

Psychology today states that “Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for instance, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants or thinks they need. Tossing off the half-hearted "thanks" won't cut it; deep gratitude has to come from within and in a meaningful way.” (directly from

I like the emphasis on a half-hearted thanks and how it won’t cut it. So often, at work, I will state, “Thank you so much.” And, often, I am truly appreciative of the effort someone else has put forth. But, conversely, often, I am quick to say “thanks” to the grocery store clerk or to the teller at the bank or to coworkers. At this season, in this moment, I need to step back and consider the meaning of true gratitude.

I am grateful that my kids are both home from college and we can spend the long weekend together. I am grateful that I get to spend Thanksgiving with our family. I am grateful for so much in my life. But, is that enough?

The article above continues to state, “Practicing gratitude means paying attention to what we are thankful for to the degree of feeling more kind and compassionate toward the world at large.” What steps can we take today that helps us to be more compassionate or more kind to the world around us? We can, in the very least, begin with prayer, where we are deeply and truly filled with gratitude.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2

Sarah Thompson 

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