Gratitude is older than Sanskrit


For a brief moment we, as an entire country, will stop striving for achievement, we will stop everything to experience and celebrate the beautiful emotion of the heart known as gratitude.

Gratitude has a very old tradition.  The word gratitude comes from the 2,000-year old Latin word gratis which meant “thankful because it is pleasing”.

Gratis grew out of an even older Sanskrit word from 4,000 years ago, grnati, which means “he sings praises.”

Gratitude has the same ancestry as the beautiful word grace, which is why many cultures “Say Grace” to express gratitude before a meal.

Born long before we were, gratitude is deeply rooted in our humanity and the human experience.  This beautiful, very human, emotion has withstood the ages, crossed oceans, cultures and civilizations … to be richly celebrated yet again tomorrow.

This weekend our country is united by enormous portions of good, comforting food powered by old recipes, prepared by loving hands, we’re united by joyful reunions, warm hugs, big appetites, united by the deeply satisfying camaraderie of family, friends and home, united by gratitude.

I’m wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend full of love! May this special holiday abundantly fill your belly, soul and emotional heart too.


As for me, I feel very grateful our paths have crossed – I have been truly enriched by it.  I am grateful we are part of a growing community dedicated to making the world a better place and to our belief in the power of real communication.



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