Adam Nugent

Fall of Gratitude

The Roman philosopher Cicero declared: "Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others."


The secret to having it all, is knowing you already do”. I have no idea who originally said that, but it rings true to me. When I was younger, I would have debated that concept with anybody who would listen. I was all about the “gotta have more” mindset. I didn’t have time for this thing called “gratitude” because I was racing to accumulate more to be grateful for. A vicious cycle of ingratitude.



That is not my disposition today. Not even close. As it turns out, it seems the more things I’m grateful for, the more things that come into my life to be grateful for. Please don’t just read that sentence and move on. Read it again, but slower this time. Go ahead, I’ll wait right here. :-)


Did you catch that? What I was doing when I was younger was the exact opposite of what I do today, as it pertains to gratitude. A total 180. My younger self pursued “more” to be grateful for. My older, wiser self pursues gratitude, which results in “more”.


I totally get how preachy this may sound to some, but I hope it reaches those who are in a place in their life where they are seeking something more..something more fulfilling.


I am so committed to the whole idea of gratitude, I’ve dedicated this issue of the magazine to gratitude. Sprinkled throughout this month’s articles, you will, if you are listening for it, pick up a subtle undertone of...gratitude. It is one of those powerful forces that can change your life, your mind, your health, your relationships, even your income.


There’s a lot to unpack in that previous paragraph, I know. And as much as I’d love to explain all of this to you, from my perspective, it doesn’t feel right. Gratitude is a very personal, very intimate element of one’s life. No two experiences of gratitude are the same. But I sure hope you set out on your own journey to explore and expand your capacity to feel, have and offer….gratitude.

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