An old tradition that I celebrated as a child growing up in Washington State, in the United States, was the May Basket Day.
On the first day of May, I would secretly place flowers on our neighbors’ doorsteps and run away before I could be discovered. It was a joyous expression of love for life and gratitude for having a “family” of neighbors around us.
Adopting this tradition, I discovered that openly showing my love and gratitude through presents brings a surge of enthusiasm and love to my own heart as well.
a Siddha Yogi from Oregon, United States
A gratidão é a expressão mais pura do amor!
Gratitude is the purest expression of love!
Expression of Gratitude
One expression of gratitude in India that my parents taught me is that whenever we borrow a pot or pan from a neighbor, we always return it filled with some goodies, mithai
(sweets), or scrumptious food.
For example, I might return a container I borrowed from a friend filled with yummy truffles!
A Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
Dankbare Menschen sind wie fruchtbare Felder, sie geben das Empfangene zehnfach zurück.
Grateful people are like fertile fields, they give back what they receive tenfold.
August von Kotzebue
La gratitudine non è soltanto la principale virtù, ma anche la madre di tutte le altre.
Gratitude is not only the main virtue, but also the mother of all the others.
Dank ist vielmehr eine Verfassung denn eine Aussprache.
Gratitude is more a state of being than an expression in words.
Rainer Maria Rilke
.من لم يشكر الناس لم يشكر الله
الرسول محمد صلى الله عليه و سلم
He who has not thanked people has not thanked God.
In jede hohe Freude mischt sich eine Empfindung von Dankbarkeit.
In every exalted joy, there mingles a sense of gratitude.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks and ever thanks.
One of my favorite Jewish blessings is the Shehecheyanu
Baruch atah Adonai Elohenu melekh ha'olam shehecheyanu vekiymanu vehigi’anu lazman hazeh.
The words mean, "Blessed are you, our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who has given us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this time."
is recited whenever something new happens, such as the first day of a holiday, when a baby takes her first steps, when you see a friend you haven't seen in a long time, the first time that year that you are eating a fruit in season, when you are gathered with friends and family to celebrate a special occasion.
For me, it gives words to the feeling of gratitude that arises when something special happens and I am so grateful to God for sustaining me and bringing me to this day.
A Siddha Yogi from California, USA
The literal meaning is "because of your blessings".
It's a custom in Japan to say "Okagesamade
" to show your gratitude when you received compassionate, kind words from someone to your recovery from sickness or any trouble.
A Siddha Yogi from Nishi-ku Fukuoka, Japan
Expressing gratitude is fundamental to the Jewish way of life. The very name ‘Yehudi’
– Jew – stems from the Hebrew name Yehuda
which is derived from hoda’yah,
meaning to thank and express gratitude. And, the very first sentence many people of Jewish faith utter upon awakening is the Modeh Ani prayer, in which we offer thanks to the Almighty for having restored our soul.
A Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
Vďačnosť a pšenica rastie len v dobrej pôde.
Gratitude and wheat grow only in a good soil.
Благодарение все принимает как дар; все, что мы имеем, все, чем мы пользуемся, все, чему мы радуемся, есть дар, проявление любви.
Gratitude accepts everything as a gift; everything we have, everything we use, everything that makes us happy, is a gift, a manifestation of love.
ความมีกตัญญูกตเวทีต่อท่านผู้มีพระคุณเป็นความดี เป็นคุณธรรมอันเลิศ" – สมเด็จพระญาณสังวร–
Gratitude towards those who have been benevolent to you is a merit, a great virtue.
Somdej Phra Nyanasanvara
Tánon ne Shonkwaia’tí:son, tetshitenonhweráton ne kwáh thorihwaié:ri
tsini ioiá:nere naho’tèn:hson tehtshionkwá:wi
tánon thanónhtens ne akwé:kon skén:nen akénhake.
We return thanks to the Great Spirit, in whom is embodied all goodness and who directs all things for the good of his children.
Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address
Mohawk language, Haudenosaunee Native American Confederacy
Soyons reconnaissants aux personnes qui nous donnent du bonheur; elles sont les charmants jardiniers par qui nos âmes sont fleuries.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy—they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
là qí shí zhě sī qí shù yǐn qí liú zhě huái qí yuan
When eating a fruit, remember the tree that bore the fruit; when drinking water, remember the source that provided the water.
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
Henry Ward Beecher
United States of America
Dankbarkeit und Liebe sind Geschwister.
Gratitude and love are siblings.