Gratitude

 

When I was young, I always went out with my friends, and we spent so much time on talking. We talked a lot about our future. During the conversation, we were so happy because we could share with each other our thoughts and feelings. Spending time with my friends helped me to release stress, be positive, and feel gratitude. Besides going out with my friends, I loved to stay with my family. We often watched films together. After the film, we liked to talk about the content of the film, for example, what happened in the film? Why you liked that scene? What is your favorite character, and so forth. When doing this with my family, I feel happy, nothing else, just happy. These two things would be the things that I love about being on Earth.

After I grew up, I still watch film with my family, and go out with my friends. However, I started meditation. I think meditation is important for everybody because it is a way to release the stress, and meditation helps us to remember the happiest things in our life. Meditation is important in our life, so I usually spend five to ten minutes of meditation a day. Every time, after the mediation, I feel totally different. I released all the bad energy from my body by thinking about good things, for example, blue ocean,  green forest, happy memory, or happy things that would happen in your future.

In my point of view, these rituals or customs that I have are about gratitude because “Gratitude is a felt sense of wonder, thankfulness, and appreciation for life,” said Robert Emmons (Active hope 43). I think I could fell all the emotions that psychologist Robert Emmons pointed out. Take appreciation as an example, when I have done meditation, watched film with my family, or gone out with my friends, I usually value these things, and they often bring happiness to my life. Furthermore, during these activities, i feel being trust by people around me , and I feel generosity to them.

In my opinion, in the capitalism, We already lost so many human natures, including gratitude. It was part of our fault, but capitalist should give his workers more time to stay with their families or go to church. For example, capitalist alienates workers, under alienation, workers have to focus on only one part of a task, and doing that task nine hours a day and seven days a week. In this condition, how can workers have time to spend with their family? The process of alienation even takes away the self from workers because who would like to work as a machine? Another example might be the other part of alienation which is separated workers from each other in order to let them work as much as they can. Separating workers from each other directly prevents them to interact with each other. Without interacting with others, how can we feel gratitude?

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