Good article, especially for one as young as yourself!

Back before Jesus was born, the Roman orator Cicero made this observation: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”

If you’ll think about it, there is not a single virtue that does not in one way or another require gratitude…for no other virtue can truly be sincere without gratitude for what one has or is able to do. That’s what I believe is the reason why (as far as I can tell) people in a certain third-world nation (as poor as they are) are generally happier than us oh-so-prosperous Americans, for (even given all that nation’s many faults) they have gratitude for even the little things.

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Retired Navy. Inveterate contrarian. If I haven’t done it, I’ve usually done something close.

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