Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Gratitude—parent of all virtues

Here's a deep sentiment from the Roman statesman and philosopher Cicero (who, as fans of HBO's Rome know, was killed by Titus Pullo):

Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all of the others.

I wholeheartedly agree. And according to a Gallup poll, 67 percent of people feel gratitude all the time. This survey is quoted in a paper about the emotion of gratitude in the journal The Psychologist.

Gratitude is also a big part of the philosophy of green tea: A tea break is a time to relax and to step back and reflect on the positive, and feelings of gratitude can make us feel better ourselves and our circumstances. Since we all have plenty to be grateful for, the only trick is to simply take the time out to reflect on all those things.

"I should be grateful that people still remember me and my words—and forgot about the sculptor who made my nose too big."

—Mellow Monk

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