20th July, 2016 (MAINS)


Q1. “Gratitude is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all others”. Do you agree and why? What are the two most important things in your life that you are grateful for?
[10marks] 150 words.

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  • Manjeet Sangwan

    Gratitude is essentially the recognition of the unearned increments of value in one’s experience – the acknowledgment of the positive things that come our way that we did not actively work toward or ask for.

    The cultivation of gratitude develops character, the embodiment of desired virtues.

    More than any other personality trait, gratitude is strongly linked to mental health and life satisfaction.

    Grateful people experience more joy, love, and enthusiasm, and they enjoy protection from destructive emotions like envy, greed, and bitterness.

    Gratitude also reduces lifetime risk for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders, and it helps people entangled with those and other problems to heal and find closure. It can give you a deep and steadfast trust that goodness exists, even in the face of uncertainty or suffering. Hence Gratitude improves our overall well-being.

    The two most important things to be grateful of are:
    a) Family: for being there at every circumstances and phases of life.
    b) Mentors: for their moral teachings and for passing down knowledge that helped in becoming a responsible citizen.