The Importance Of Being Grateful And Happy

It is not totally strange? We’ve all experienced gratefulness. We understand how increasingly great it feels. Definitely it must be an easier way to happiness than running about trying to make the external world fit a checklist? I could write down a whole long article on this. But do I really have to?

I might assume most of you have been living grateful and therefore joyful lives all along. But just in case …

The Importance Of Being Grateful And Happy

There’s a story told of a Tibetan monk on a flight. When the meal was served, the other passengers right away set out to the task of eating it, as you may presume. Possibly few of them truly loved it, but for major part it was probably just a short bland-flavoured recess from boredom and hunger.

The monk did something different. Remembering that this food came from farms, he took a few seconds to silently show gratitude to the unknown farmers. He also expressed gratitude to the earth for supporting the plants and animals in the meal. And the sun and the rain, for helping them to grow. And obviously the plants and animals themselves, for making themselves available.

Then, remembering that the food required to be transported from the farm to where the meal was to be prepared, he expressed gratitude to the unknown driver of the truck. And the people who had built the truck in the factory, the marine geologists and engineers who had drawn up the plans to drill for the oil that fuelled the truck, and the trees that had lived and died and now become the oil.

And, personally, those who had supported each bond in the chain: the parents, wives and husbands of the so many different people, the teachers and instructors who had given them the talent needed, perhaps even the winds that had blown the rain-clouds above the farm.

The monk was very intensive in showing thankfulness to all those who had worked to give him the prospect he saw in front of him in his life.

Eventually the plane started its descent, and the tray was removed. The monk had not yet had time to touch his food, but by the custom of gratefulness he had enjoyed his food to a great extent, and felt wholly nourished.

Where in your life can you be taught to really enjoy something as simple as an airline meal? Or as significant as a parent, your job, or the home you live in? What would you most like to feel more gratefulness for?

Being Grateful And Happy – When will you begin?

An exercise: Write down the name of a person you feel grateful for. It may perhaps be a parent, a friend, a teacher, a fan, a person who helped you out once when you really wanted it. Write down a couple of sentences about why your life is good today because of what that person has done for you. Now write that person a letter or email of gratitude. And if you wish to, you can send that letter or email. Note how you feel at each stage, recalling, writing your appreciation, and, if you made the decision to go for the (perhaps scary?) star prize, dropping the letter in the post box or pressing “Send”

by Erik Teichmann

The Importance Of Being Grateful And Happy. About the Author:  Live the difference Life Coaching is based in Melbourne which offers transformational one-on-one coaching both face-to-face and on the phone. People come from all walks of life and live in and around Melbourne, interstate and overseas. Visit for more information on Life Coach.