Long ago a teacher taught me to be careful of the word ASSUME saying that doing so can make an A@@ of U and Me. For some reason that came to my mind when I came across the last of my Senior-Law student's journal entries on thankfulness. Don't we all know that China is a atheist country. With that assumption you might like this surprising expression of gratitude from Xiaoyan.
"Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. 1st Corinthians 13:4-7
"According to the WHO, the figure of depression is soaring up year after year in the modern society. Though medicine is a good therapy, it is no exaggeration that gratitude and love is panacea to all kinds of depressive emotions.
"In reality, this view holds water. As we all know, love and gratitude is the most important theme in various religions. Thus, people who have religious belief prove to be much happier than those not. And those who are happy or optimistic share a common aspect that they feel grateful. Though there is much to be concerned about, there is far, far more for which to be thankful. Though life's goodness can at times be overshadowed,it is never outweighed.
"So how to express gratitude? There are some practical suggestions. First, prayer is a good reminder for us of what we already have. Second, keep a thankful diary and and write down the happy moments we have just experienced. Such grateful memo will alleviate our stress and passive emotions.
"The days that make us happy and grateful make us wise. A grateful attitude can make us be better people. A smile is the best makeup for women; the sound of expressing gratitude is the most touching euphony in the world. Be grateful for all and say you love and thanks."