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The practice of gratitude has deep roots in yoga, with even the earliest yogic texts—like Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, compiled prior to 400 CE—encouraging positive emotion practices as a way to combat a negative state of mind. In Sanskrit, the word for gratefulness is Kritajna formed from the root words krita, meaning “cultivated or acquired,” and jna, referring to “a state of consciousness or awareness.” Modern research continues to emphasize the importance …

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