On ‘PRACTISING GRATITUDE’ By Mercy Karumba

We grew up learning to say "Thank you" when someone did something good to/for us. We know the good feeling, when we give something to...


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We grew up learning to say “Thank you” when someone did something good to/for us. We know the good feeling, when we give something to a child and they reply with a genuine “Thank You”.  I equate the sincerity from a child to what gratitude is all about. 

Sometimes pride and entitlement gets in the way and we think it is just not worth our while saying “Thank you”. However, always remember that the other person had a choice to make. Sometimes we say, “but it’s their job,” remember not everyone is diligent at their job despite it being their duty. It may look like a parent’s job to take care of you, but how many children have been abandoned? 

Gratitude should be genuine and from the bottom of  your heart. It makes the other person feel valued and appreciated. Try it and see the glow on their faces. 

Gratitude is appreciating a person’s sacrifice and commitment. Appreciate your driver/staff for their good services, and you will see the motivation they will come with the next morning. Appreciate your customers that they chose your products over all the substitutes in the market and this will stir brand loyalty. Thank your children for being obedient and helpful, and you will experience even more loving children. Appreciate your spouse for who he/she is and see the glow on their faces.

Did he come home early this week? Mention it and be grateful. It’s the small things, if appreciated, that make all things even better. 

It’s a beautiful feeling. Let us practice the gratitude chain, by being thankful to those around us today. I am grateful that each week you take your time to read the articles. I cannot imagine what it would be like, if no one read or, gave their views. To get a male perspective on this, please check out Mitchell’s post HERE

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