The Power of Gratitude

by Nina Durham, Arise Student Intern

As we know, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. A beautiful time of the year, the smell of pumpkin spice, the annual football game, the stuffed mouths and plates, but most importantly, the expression of gratitude. Gratitude, the quality of being grateful and the expression of appreciation for someone and or something. What are a few things that you are grateful for? I am aware that the list is probably too long, but just name a few because the power of gratitude is essential.

The power of gratitude represents humility and respect within society. The expression of appreciation portrays that actions do not go unnoticed. People go out of their way to perform several different kind acts and hearing the words thank you allows people to understand that their actions are not going to waste. Furthermore, the power of gratitude influences the act of more good deeds. In society, observing the strong appreciation from others influences people to help others in their community to spread positivity and show that there are people that care about the well-being of others.

The power of gratitude is important; however, the power of gratitude is underrepresented in society. Therefore, there are things that we can do in order to increase the practice of gratitude in our society to continue to spread positivity. How? Simple things always count; genuinely compliment people; always say thank you if anybody does something for you; reach out to people and explain your appreciation for them. Never miss out on an opportunity to make someone feel good about themselves and as Mike Epss said, “Don’t hate, appreciate!”

Thank you for your time!