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Daily gratitude

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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A woman in London complained to her mother that the young professionals she was meeting were all working such long hours in the City, the financial sector, that they never had time to develop meaningful relationships. She's not alone – nor is London the only place where this cry for companionship is heard.

Her mother suggested trying harder to appreciate the sweetness in her life. Unlike a bee or a hummingbird, she didn't have to beat her wings many times a minute in order to make progress or gain happiness. All she needed to do was take a few moments each day to mentally express gratitude to God for all the blessings that were hers to enjoy right then. They didn't need to be great, earthshaking things – even something as small as a bee or a hummingbird would be fine.

Whether you're lonely in London or depressed in Detroit, the healing power of gratitude cannot be underestimated. Gratitude makes such a significant difference to our days. Mary Baker Eddy, who established this newspaper, put it this way: "Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 3).

In other words, being actively grateful opens the way to more good. Gratitude may take form as actually expressing thanks for our work and other activities, and for people, opportunities, and things that come our way. Or we may be silently grateful to God for absolutely everything. Developing this attitude toward life and putting it into practice daily brings healing results.

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