November 2019

Expressing Gratitude

Gratitude is many things to many people. It is appreciation, giving thanks, creating abundance, valuing the present moment, and not taking things for granted. Expressing gratitude is also an antidote to negative emotions, like anger, jealously, and fear. The more a person is inclined toward being grateful, the less likely they are to be depressed, envious, lonely, or anxious.

People who are consistently grateful are relatively happier in life and experience positive emotions. They also tend to be helpful and empathic, forgiving, and less materialistic than those who are less predisposed to gratefulness. How do we become more grateful? There are multiple ways to practice gratitude, including keeping an appreciation journal, counting blessings, or outwardly expressing gratitude. Even a simple “Thank you” can go a long way in helping ourselves and others. Whatever way we choose, being grateful cultivates our inner happiness and improves our overall sense of well-being.

"Expressing gratitude is a natural
state of being, and reminds us
that we are all connected."

Valerie Elster

The Cornucopia

The cornucopia is one of the most common symbols of the harvest and abundance. The word "cornucopia" dates back to the 5th century BC and is derived from two Latin words: cornu, meaning "horn" and copia, meaning "plenty," which is why it is also known as the "horn of plenty." In North America, the cornucopia is associated with Harvest festivals and the holiday of Thanksgiving.

Classical Greek legends offer many versions of the origin of the "horn of plenty," which traditionally was a curved goat's horn filled to the brim with fruits and grains. According to one legend, the goat Amalthea broke one of her horns and offered it to the Greek god Zeus. As a sign of gratitude, Zeus set the goat's image in the sky, known as the constellation Capricorn. The cornucopia became the attribute of all that are associated with the harvest, prosperity, and abundance. It is the perfect symbol of gratitude and the abundance that we share.


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