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Arkady Grudzinsky


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Should we feel gratitude for our life? To whom?

Gratitude is important feeling in interpersonal relationships. Gratitude encourages giving and giving encourages more gratitude, etc. On the other side, lack of gratitude comes with a sense of "entitlement" - they mutually create each other as well. Lack of gratitude discourages giving and creates a sense that the world "owes us" a living. "We are programmed to receive." Gratitude, in my opinion, offers an exit from that proverbial Hotel California and "programs us to give".

How about our life and other things shown in this video? Religious people usually thank God for these things. The camera shows a standing round of applause at the end of the video. I very much doubt that most people attending TED talks are religious, so the video must have stirred some emotion in believers and non-believers alike.

Do non-believers feel gratitude for these things? If yes, to whom?


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    Dec 23 2012: I don't agree that you have to come from a safe or luxurious place, it could be quite the opposite. I think there are plenty of examples where people are grateful because they feel loved or are in loving environments or experience kindness, has nothing to do with social status......
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      Dec 23 2012: I wholeheartedly agree Elly.....gratitude has nothing to do with social status. It is a feeling that we choose to have....or not....it is a choice:>)

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