by Tova Younger
When we read biographies of great people, a common theme is hakaras hatov (gratitude) to all kinds of people and even animals. There is a stirring story told about Rav Gustman, ztz”l, a Rosh Yeshiva who was always careful to water his plants personally. He did so because herbs and vegetables had sustained him during the war.
Our challenge is to inculcate this middah within ourselves...
Gratefulness is an internal quality that is not dependent on others
By acting out our hakaros hatov toward everyone we interact with, we can build up to truly feeling gratitude to Hashem.
It’s relatively easy to work on this, since gratefulness is an internal quality that is not dependent on others. That is, we can be proactive and express gratefulness whenever we like; we needn’t wait for a stimulus. Here are some ideas on how to get into the mindset of thinking gratitude:
Delving into every detail of anything from which you benefit
Excerpted from Hands-on How-to’s for the Home and Heart: Tips and Techniques to Enhance your Life.