Gratitude defies a simple definition. It can be experienced as an emotion or a state of being. Appreciation inspires us to act with compassion and aligns us to something greater than ourselves.
Yet throughout all these definitions, there is an underlying theme. Connection. Gratitude arises from our connections to each other, to nature, and to life itself.
It’s having the present-moment, open-hearted awareness that the gift being experienced, be it laughter, flowers or a sunset, could have very well been missed or not occurred at all.