The survey tapped into two different aspects of feeling gratitude, asking what kinds of experiences elicit gratitude as well as how strongly and often people feel grateful.
- Given a list of categories from friends to education to modern medicine, people were most grateful for their immediate families, followed closely by freedom.
- Lowest on the list overall was “your current job”—although for people earning annual salaries over $150,000, the gratitude for your job category was as highly evocative of gratitude as “your right to vote.”
- When asked about personal experiences, people indicated that both positive and negative events can lead to gratitude, with the negative ones helping them appreciate what they already have.
- When asked why they expressed gratitude, people were more than twice as likely to select options related to the greater good like “it makes the world a better place” than options related to tit-for-tat reciprocity like “other people will be nicer to me.”
- In response to questions about how often thoughts about gratitude occur and whether they just “happen naturally,” versus requiring “something special or out of the ordinary to occur,” 77 percent said they think about gratitude at least a couple times a week, and 80 percent said that this “just happens naturally.”
- Peoples’ responses to the Gratitude Scale by McCullough, Tsang, and Emmons suggest that the prevailing majority of people feel lots to be grateful for, and that less than 30 percent endure long periods of time devoid of gratitude.
- Between spouses, the experiences that people rated feeling most grateful for were “expressions of love and affection,” and “being listened to”; these were more gratifying than flowers or vacations.
Say a little prayer of thanks. We still have it pretty good here.
Prayer at SunriseNow thou art risen, and thy day begun.
How shrink the shrouding mists before thy face,
As up thou spring’st to thy diurnal race!
How darkness chases darkness to the west,
As shades of light on light rise radiant from thy crest!
For thee, great source of strength, emblem of might,
In hours of darkest gloom there is no night.
Thou shinest on though clouds hide thee from sight,
And through each break thou sendest down thy light.
O greater Maker of this Thy great sun,
Give me the strength this one day’s race to run,
Fill me with light, fill me with sun-like strength,
Fill me with joy to rob the day its length.
Light from within, light that will outward shine,
Strength to make strong some weaker heart than mine,
Joy to make glad each soul that feels its touch;
Great Father of the sun, I ask this much.
***'Tis of Thee
Countless Americans today are confused and perplexed over fast-escallating national and world events, and their obvious accelerating freedom-destroying consequences – such as Obama’s unilateral military disarmament (see blog 2/18/12, “Is There Time To Rebuild Our Military…?”) to our country and our loved ones. The ultimate issue concerns what we as citizens can and must do to help our country. That’s what our prior blogs are all about.
First, it is imperative that we understand the source of our priceless disappearing God-given freedoms. That is, we must understand the minds and intentions of America’s Christian founding fathers, and that “truth”, including how to confront and be victorious over evil, as set forth by the Lord in the Bible, is absolute and never changes. Circumstances and events change. Truth does not change! The extent to which we citizens abandon or ignore our sacred heritage and its eternal laws of liberty is and will be the determining factor in the unthinkable heritage we may soon leave our loved ones.
The convictions of America’s Founding Fathers were set forth in My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, which became a national hymn still familiar to all of us. Consider the first and fourth stanzas:
(1) My country tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died! Land of the Pilgrim’s pride! From Every mountain side, Let freedom ring!
(4) Our father’s God to, Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing. Long may our land be bright With freedom’s holy light; Protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King!
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. ~~ George Washington
***Have a great day!