GRATITUDE AND ENDEARMENT
"Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Gratitude is a sense of warm appreciation toward others for the benefits one has received from others. While it is easier to be grateful towards those who part of our family and friends, we often forget those outside of this circle. True gratitude comes from the understanding of interdependence, that we have an inextricable dependence on others to meet our needs. The food we eat, the sweater we wear or the bus that’s takes us to our office or anything else we do depends on a countless network of other individuals, almost all of whom are unknown to us.
This fact gives rise to gratitude and helps us reflect on the fact that how deeply imbedded reciprocity is in us as social beings. With this understanding we develop a sense of closeness and association with all.
This is endearment which gets cultivated through gratitude. Once we have cultivated this sense of gratitude for all it will be hugely beneficial for ourselves as well. Numerous research and psychologists have conveyed to masses the positive nature of gratitude. In the long run it helps us to orient away from self interest by considering the interest of others. And to get rid of self-centred attitude is one of the prime needs of our global community. Gratitude and Endearment are stepping stones to achieve that and help in creating a more happy and peaceful society that will be founded on the principle of happiness for all.
If you would like to know more by religious leaders writers and scientists please read below
Science tells us that grateful people are typically happier people. Being grateful makes us more optimistic and reduces negativity -- and that's a huge reason to make acts of gratitude a daily habit.Try to think about what you’re thankful for at least once a day. If you begin to prioritize gratitude and recognize the things you appreciate most, eventually it will become second nature.
Jacqueline Whitmore (Author, business Etiquette expert and founder of The protocol school of palm beach)
Gratitude is an emotion similar to appreciation that most people are familiar with. What many people do not know is that gratitude plays an important role in several historical movements, and that gratitude is now becoming an important part of psychology research, and especially positive psychology research.
As it often happens in academia, Gratitude has a different meaning within positive psychology than what it means in everyday life.
Most of us associate gratitude with saying “thank you” to someone who has helped us or given us a gift. From a scientific perspective, gratitude is not just an action. Gratitude is a positive emotion, which is really important because it serves a purpose
It has been defined by many people throughout history. Having different definitions for a word is not inherently wrong, but, as a science that has to have measure effects, positive psychology defines gratitude it in a way that shows that the effects of gratitude can be measured.
Positive psychologists contend that gratitude is more than feeling thankful for something, it is more like a deeper appreciation for someone (or something,) which produces longer lasting positivity.
Robert Emmons, perhaps the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude has two key components, which he describes in a Greater Good essay, “Why Gratitude Is Good.”
“First,” he writes, “it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.”
In the second part of gratitude, he explains, “we recognise that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves. … We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset— gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.”