- I am grateful that I got my Berkeley application done and, even though it was crap, I don’t really care that much.
- I am grateful that my family got our Christmas drama worked out and now, rather than being homeless for Christmas, we will be staying at a sweet townhouse in Park City.
- I am grateful that my nieces and nephews give me hope of cute progeny (and yes, that’s the word that randomly popped in my head because I am WEIRD).
Seeds of discouragement will not grow in the thankful heart.
Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul and a refined character. We like to be around those who are grateful. They tend to brighten all around them. They make others feel better about themselves. They tend to be more humble, more joyful, more likable. Gratitude turns a meal into a feast and drudgery into delight. It softens our grief and heightens our pleasure. It turns the simple and common into the memorable and transcendent. It forges bonds of love and fosters loyalty and admiration.
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin