Middah of the Month of Cheshvan: Gratitude

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.” Maya Angelou

“When you open yourself to experience the trait of gratitude, you discover with clarity and accuracy how much good there is in your life. Practicing gratitude means recognizing the good that is already yours.” Every Day, Holy Day by Alan Morinis

“Gratitude connects us all. When we are grateful for a meal, we can be grateful for the food that we are eating and for all those who have made the meal possible – the farmers, the grocers and the cooks.” The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy.” Brother David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk

Gratitude practices:

  • Each morning when you awake, think of at least one reason to give thanks.
  • Before going to bed, write down one thing for which you were grateful that day.
  • Offer praise to at least one person each day for an act of service, kindness or generosity. Consider the bank teller, waitress, store clerk, teacher or family member.
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