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Gratitude by Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc

How to have true gratitude – A nice little TED talk!

Do you feel gratitude for anything at all?

Does gratitude matter to you?

Even in adversity, what do you focus on? The big problems you have or the small matters that make life worthwhile, the things that we should be truly grateful for?

Well, this TED talk by Tania Luna – who was a Ukrainian migrant to the US when she was child (from Chernobyl of all places!) – has an interesting tale to tell. She relates the story of how, after moving to New York with her family, she ended up in a hostel for migrants which was less than salubrious. However, whilst staying there she  found a penny in the room she and her family were staying in. As adults, we’d all be thinking patronising thoughts such as ‘Ah, that’s nice!’ or ‘Cute!’ Or even ‘So what?’ But from her perception as a child, it was like she had suddenly become a millionaire, simply because she had found that penny and felt extreme gratitude for her good luck. Watch the video here to find out more:

http://on.ted.com/TaniaLuna

Well, so what did you think?

For me, this exemplifies the difference between adults and children, as children (through their innocence and powerful imaginations) see wonder and potential in so many things – even in adversity. As adults, we have lost this. So maybe we should try and get back to this way of thinking? After all, what harm can it do?

One of the previous posts on this site dealt with how to recognise small successes and show gratitute for them. You can check it by clicking here. As discussed in that post, showing gratitude for small successes and even abundance can lead to bigger things. All you have to do is look at Tania’s  life – she went onto to found a compamy called ‘Surprise Industries.’ You can check out her bio here for more info.

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