How can we cultivate a greater sense of gratitude? George Herbert, a seventeenth-century British poet, encourages readers toward that goal in his poem “Gratefulness”: “Thou that hast given so much to me, give one thing more: a grateful heart.” Herbert recognized the only thing he needed in order to be thankful was simply an awareness of the blessings God had already given him.
There are two forms of gratitude. One is the natural response to a kindness shown to us. The other is choosing to be grateful when we are not the recipients of kindness, or when we are in challenging circumstances. Gratefulness requires us to put in effort in searching for reasons to be thankful, even in situations where … Read the rest