Dictionary defines the word ‘Gratitude’ as ‘the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.’ I looked up the word after a conversation with someone who was dealing with a stressful personal situation which was resulting in episodes of anxiety. One of the coping mechanisms the healthcare professional had recommended was ‘practicing gratitude’. This means taking time out every day to be thankful for and to appreciate all that is good in life.
There has been a lot of research done on Gratitude in recent years and it has been observed that being grateful helps a person feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve physical health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. This should not come as a surprise to anyone with faith.
Prayer to God is all about communicating with God. The communication is not about asking for material things or about granting favors. Instead, it involves being thankful for the countless gifts our Divine Father has generously given to us and continues to give. Every opportunity is a sign of His love, and every challenge proves how much He lovingly wants us to grow. He not only knows what we deserve but also knows what we are capable of. With every challenge, He helps us to evolve.
By reflecting on all the blessings God has showered on us, we become better version of ourselves. We become kinder and more patient with others, which creates a cycle of them being more patient with us and others.
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving in America, let us resolve to give daily thanks to the Almighty who never tires of giving. 


Didi Ji