“Gratitude gladdens the heart. It is not sentimental, nor jealous, nor judgmental. As gratitude grows, it gives rise to joy. We experience the courage to rejoice in our own good fortune and in the good fortune of others. Joy is natural to an open heart. In it, we are not afraid of pleasure. We do not mistakenly believe it is disloyal to the suffering of the world to honor the happiness we have been given. Like gratitude, joy gladdens the heart. We can be joyful for people we love, for moments of goodness, for sunlight and trees and for the breath within our breast. And as our joy grows, we finally discover a happiness without cause. Like an innocent child who does not have to do anything to be happy, we can rejoice in life itself, in being alive.”
~Excerpt from A Meditation on Gratitude and Joy from The Art of Forgiveness, Loving kindness and Peace by Jack Kornfield~
With so much gratitude in my thoughts and life, I only felt it fit to share this superb Quote from Jack Kornfield’s book, which has been my favorite for quite some time.
And while you enjoy this quote, think about what gratitude can do for you….joy, happiness, being alive….
Share your thoughts in the comments below….I would love to add to my gratitude journal all the lovely definitions of gratitude I havent thought of as yet 🙂
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