Mormon Media Observer: Gratitude: a balm for all that's dark in the news

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  • mteig HEBER CITY, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 1:33 p.m.

    This article explains in very real terms just how powerful gratitude is and how important it is for each of us to acknowledge how blessed we really are, in spite of the trials we may face.

    The greatest of all men and women on earth have faced significant trials and tribulation, but manage to enjoy happiness in spite of those trials. It is a very simple truth that the depth of our gratitude will, in large part, determine the extent of our happiness each and every day, much more so than the "good things" or "bad things" that happen in our lives.

  • Maryquilter Farmington, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 8:08 a.m.

    Gratitude is everything, isn't it? Having a grateful heart is sort of like wearing tinted lenses as we view the world; you still see the same objects as you would without the lenses, but somehow some of the harshness is softened. I feel so bad for people I know who seem only to be able to focus on the negative in life; they don't seem to be able to allow themselves to find joy in each day nor overall happiness in their lives.

    I have fought serious depression for most of my life, and through therapy and experience I have learned that it is key for me to at least attempt to find goodness each day, even though it harder some days than others. In stead of wanting to end my life, as I used to, I finally KNOW that tomorrow will be a better day and with God's help I CAN make it through whatever challenges I am facing. Now those really bad days are few and far between, and for that I am grateful indeed.

    Thanks for this article.