Those of us that wish to build bridges to others of differing beliefs, tend to focus on similarities rather than differences.

The places where we can meet each other are in the ideas we share.

Historically it is these meeting points have been known as the ‘perennial philosophy’.

It is thought that all religions share common truths – the importance of gratitude being one of these.

During times of suffering when the world seems harsh and unfair there can seem little to be thankful for.

“Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away hunger.” St. Basil

Studies exploring the connection between health and gratitude have found that those who practice a daily reflection of gratitude, experience better sleep, less anxiety, a reduction in depressive symptoms, increased cardiac health and greater memory recall.

“Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.” Brother David Steindl-Rast