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Midah of the Month of February: Gratitude

02/01/2022 10:00:31 AM


Tara Saltzman

HaCarat Ha Tov is the “cultivation of thankfulness for good things as well as expressing that thanks. Along with Spirituality, and Appreciation of Beauty, Hope, and Humor, our Gratitude is an expression of our Transcendence. All of these character strengths (middot) elevate us into joy, awe, and wonder.

Taking a nuanced look at our daily experience allows us to see what ordinarily we might have glossed over. Someone held a door open for you. Someone sat with you at lunch. The grass near your house was an especially deeper green because of the rain. The blessings we say for the food we eat helps us to pause and appreciate and to savor, our bread, our fruit, our pizza, or our Ben and Jerry’s Americone Dream.

When we develop the attitude of gratitude, we allow the many good things we experience to take root.” - The Middah Project

Practice:  Every day, ask at least one person “What are you grateful for?” and share a gratitude of your own.

Sun, February 5 2023 14 Shevat 5783