Gratitude: Defined- the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.


“Gratitude is best and most effective when it does not evaporate itself in empty phrases” – Foundation and Empire, Isaac Asimov

I am reading a wonderful series called Foundation by Isaac Asimov. He is writing about 50,000 years in the future yet the books were written starting in 1951. Isaac Asimov is a must read for any person interested in human interaction, science fiction, or science in general along with humanity.

A lesson that is quoted above is about gratitude and I know personally that being grateful is important to my positive outlook and daily survival and beyond survival actual living.

So try this exercise that I do: When I feel the most pain from Crohn’s or I feel the worst or just not my best in any sense I make myself focus on:

  • What I am thankful for?
  • Being thankful for me is a way of life.
  • It is “polite” to say thank you, but it is showing gratitude when you actually follow-up that up with help for some form of paying attention. For that is truly showing gratitude.
  • If there is someone in my life that I can help – I do! It is the small things that help in life, we have to learn to see the opportunities.

I am grateful to have life and to be able to look outside at nature and enjoy being a part of the natural world today! How do I give back today? I write this blog and encourage myself and those whom read it to try and be appreciative of the fact that we are alive – what a gift!

-Isaac Levinsky

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