The Kwakinti Indians in British Colombia have no word for ‘thank you’ yet live lives of extraordinary generosity.
For them, gratitude is an action, a way of living and looking at life. They have ‘an attitude of gratitude’. They ‘do their thanks’ rather than merely paying lip service.
For the Kwakinti, status is gained not by what they own but by what they give away. The more they give, the more they receive. This reciprocity is the essence of gratitude – and the essence of lasting love.
Properly understood, gratitude is the giving of thanks, the ‘willing of good’. It works miracles.
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