Middah of the Month of Cheshvan: Gratitude

Researcher Robert Emmons defines two components of gratitude. First, “we affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received. This doesn’t mean that life is perfect; it doesn’t ignore complaints, burdens, and hassles. But when we look at life as a whole, gratitude encourages us to identify some amount of goodness in our life.”  Second “gratitude is figuring out where that goodness comes from. We recognize the sources of this goodness as being outside of ourselves.”

Practice:  Reflect on what have I received today.

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