Gratitude Brings Us Happiness

A wisdom said that it’s not happiness that brings us gratitude, it’s gratitude that brings us happiness and a grateful heart will always find opportunities to show its gratitude. That’s the way to live a beautiful life by starting and ending each day with gratitude. Do you agree of that?

When I traveled to Cambodia a couple years ago, in one fine afternoon I had a chance to do a light chit-chat with young monks in front of the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh. Suddenly a little adorable Cambodian girl with a cute hat, -I thought less than five years old-, approached the monks and talked in Khmer language. I did not understand, but I knew there was happiness in the air because of the little girl. As a tradition in Cambodia, it’s a honor if common people can give something to the monks and the people get blessings in return. The little girl, -as being asked from her parents-, did the job so well and so cute, so that all the monks smiled to her. My friend and I who were near the monks, -without any knowledge of the talk-, automatically had the same feeling, fun and happy. As all the monks smiled due to what the little girl did or talked, so did we. The cute little girl had brought happiness to all of us.

The Little Girl with the monks

People who brings happiness to others can be anyone, young or old, rich or poor, ordinary or extraordinary. Just start from the pure heart and the rest will automatically goes well. As the little girl did, she decorated herself with pure smiles and happy body language, and we all knew that her happiness was so contagious to other people near her. Have you experienced similar situation that make you smile because of somebody’s happiness and it shines through the smiles on the face?

In different time, I went to the Monument of Norodom Sihanouk that is located near the Independence Monument. While I was taking photos from different angle of Monument of Norodom Sihanouk, I saw a little bird perched on the head of Norodom Sihanouk’s statue. Lucky me that I have used my camera on time because the little bird was there for a very short time before it flew again.

At first I felt it’s so funny, so natural. Of course, the little bird was unaware that I took it in frame. But its moment was so attractive.

A Bird on the Norodom Sihanouk’s statue

For others, the moment may be meaningless, but Norodom Sihanouk is one of the symbols of Cambodia. He is the Founding Father, he brought independence of Cambodia, free of the French protectorate. And the little bird became a symbol of natural freedom, as freely as it jumped on the statue of the King’s head. The freedom of the little bird was truly blissful… The several jumps of the bird on the head of King Father of Cambodia, made my day… 😀

Phnom Penh is really full of interesting things. One day I passed an intersection and I was attracted to something that was located slightly at top. So many cables piled up on a pole. The spaghetti-like cables immediately made me smile, remembering a similar situation in the city of Kathmandu, Nepal. The cable was tangled!


So even though it was tangled and looks bad, seeing the cables made me smiling. Perhaps other people agreed with me although I didn’t know what comes to people’s minds when they look at those stacked cables. May be at first they’re laughing, at least smiling. But after a while it might become a wish so their life would not tangled up like those cables. 😀

And in other corner of Phnom Penh, I got another moment of a heart warming. In that morning, I was on the way to Phnom Penh International Airport when I saw two people riding a motorcycle with a lot of goods. Perhaps they wanted to sell their goods in the market.

At first I saw them, I smiled. The motorcycle was too small to cater all the goods, the driver had to half-sit and was pushed to the front while the other passenger was sitting on a wooden-extension of the seat. The goods did not give any space more for them to sit comfortably on the motorcycle. Totally dangerous, though it’s doable with lots of risks.

people on a motorcycle

Seeing them, the smile had to be changed to a meaning of support and a good wish for them. I felt warm and amazed to see people struggling for earning money so hard.

Then among the heart-warming feelings, there is also a spark of gratitude of my own life. I saw myself at that time and a feeling of enough of what I have. Well, it’s correct what Melody Beattie have said, gratitude turns what we have into enough.

It is not wrong to have great success, but noticing and enjoying little things in everyday life can change you. Those can make you happy…

This post was written in response to the weekly challenge from Celina’s Blog, Srei’s Notes, Cerita Riyanti, and also A Rhyme In My Heart, which is the 47th week of 2020 has the theme of Happiness, so we are encouraged ourselves to write articles weekly. If you are interested to take part in this challenge, we welcome you… and of course we will be very happy!

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