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Attitude of Gratitude

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Friends, it is that time of the year when all of us in India are spending time with family friends and nature.   It is the time of Happy Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Lohri, and many other harvest festivals celebrated all over India. 

Pongal in Tamilnadu, India is celebrated as  a thanks giving to the almighty and nature of providing the bountiful harvest.  It is a simple thank you to the Sun gods for their munificence in enabling a great harvest. 

Human beings specifically and all living things on earth are fragile beings. Did you know that if there is no sunlight for say 6 months, human species along with many other life forms may be extinct from the planet. Because in about 15/20 days the plant life would die due to absence of photosynthesis, then the animals which depend on the plants, and then the animals that depend on other animals will also perish… so we are living in  a deeply interconnected world. 

Now what has this got to do with my money, 

  1. First up, a sense of gratitude bestows upon us a sense of gratefulness that calms the mind and provides the best conditions for good  decision making. Further with a  sense of gratitude you tend to avoid going overboard on various things that  can save your money from Peril. More importantly the sense of gratitude helps you appreciate what you have and nudges you to make the best use of the current opportunities without being greedy. Look around you, most wealthy people  will have these characteristics. 
  2. The recent surge in ESG investing is a classic case of gratitude investing, ESG stands for environment, Social & Governance, these fund will invest into companies that are , 

Working towards a less pollution or better positive impact on the environment;

Working towards a more inclusive work environment and society at large;

Making sure that governance is of the highest order to enable correct actions are leading to appropriate outcomes. 

This world has had a terrible 2020 amid the pandemic and covid scare, so that fact that I am alive  to write this and you are alive to read this is one more reason for all of us to be grateful. 

So let us take some time to be grateful for what life has offered us and will continue to nourish us. 

So here’s wishing you and your family a very happy Pongal and good wishes of the year ahead. 

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