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Gratitude is a virtue showing a positive emotion or attitude of a person that occurs after he received the help from the benefactor and he considered it as (a) valuable to him, (b) costly to his benefactor, and it was (c) given by the benefactor with benevolent intentions. Some of its synonyms are thankfulness, gratefulness and appreciation. And it is express with the most common word "THANKS".
Gratitude is the beginning of wisdom but true wisdom cannot be obtained unless it is built on a foundation of true humility and gratitude. Gratitude is the beginning of civility, decency and goodness. The absence of gratitude signals a lack of appreciation and an ignorance that comes of an attitude of self-sufficiency. It expresses itself in ugly egotism and malicious conduct.
There are many things that we must be grateful – firstly to the Almighty, for the wonders of the human body and the miracle of the human mind and for the universe He created for us. To those people who lived before us who have built the community and nations. To our parents and other family members who have contributed so dramatically to our lives, to friends who have given us the benefit of the doubt again and again.
Likewise to our colleagues and associates who have motivated and inspired us to reach higher and do better and to those honest leaders who serve the community and nations selflessly. To our teachers, mentors, inventors, scientists and other imaginable things that we are now enjoying.
Gratitude is a sign of maturity. It is an indication of sincere humility, a hallmark of civility and most of all, it is considered as divine principle. When there is appreciation, there is also courtesy and concern for the rights and property of others. Without these, there is arrogance and evil. When there is gratitude, there is humility instead of pride and generosity rather than selfishness.