Happy Thanksgiving! (Gratitude)

WRITTEN November 26, 2015 Author: Rich Atkins

Gratitude, Defined


This week’s reminder comes from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. It’s the definition of “Gratitude.” How you look at the world will affect the amount of thankfulness you have.

Take a look at this definition and remember what you’re grateful for in your life.


noun grat·i·tude \ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\


Definition:   a feeling of appreciation

Word Root:

The Latin word gratus, meaning “pleasing” or “thankful,” gives us the root grat. Words from the Latin gratus have something to do with being pleasing or being thankful. To ingratiate yourself is to make others feel thankful for something you’ve done. To feel grateful is to feel thankful for something. Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness. To congratulate is to express how pleasing someone’s success is.



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