The Gratitude Project

Diana Bollenbaugh

Cicero is quoted as saying, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.”

Our firm decided that a good project for the year would be to focus on gratitude.  What it is it? What does it mean?  What’s so great about it?  How does one express it?  Is it an emotion, a part of daily life, or situational events?  Why does it have such an impact on people?

Type gratitude into any search engine and up pops the three following definitions:

  • Dictionary.com definition: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: the state of being grateful; thankfulness
  • Cambridge Dictionary definition: a strong feeling of appreciation to someone or something for what the person has done to help you.

Scroll further down the page, up come topics such as the science behind gratitude, benefits of gratitude, etc.  I looked at the Google results, and it said there were about 147,000,000 results.

Gratitude touches every aspect of your life either by its presence or absence.  It’s a core value of modern religions.  It’s a related concept to the Golden Rule.  Gratitude is also under scientific scrutiny for its role in positive mental health.  Since 2000, there has been a multitude of research on this topic. 

Homework: Spend 2-3 minutes thinking about what you’re grateful for today.

Next topic will discuss the forms of gratitude.

Heather L. Moir-Dangler is a Registered Representative of, and Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC.  Investment Advisor Representative, Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor.  Moir Financial & Insurance Services and Cambridge are not affiliated.

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