Giving thanks is where the power in gratitude practices really is experienced. Gratitude kept to yourself feels good; it is taken up a few notches when you express that gratitude. When you write it down, state what you’re thankful for and acknowledge the person you are grateful for you reinforce the experience of gratitude. There’s no need to wait for special days on the calendar, you can offer thanks giving every day.
Now is a good reminder for me to offer thanks as well. I am grateful to you my readers for your interest, curiosity and loyalty. Thank you for your participation in moving toward more well-being in the world.
I love the phrase Appreciate the Positive and the Positive Appreciates. This is especially true in relationships. Appreciate has several meanings
- To grasp the nature, worth, quality or significance of
- To recognize with gratitude
- Increase in value as in, that stock portfolio appreciated
Wow, what a great feeling to have someone understand and value your worth, qualities and significance. When you express that appreciation, gratitude, you pay more attention. You reinforce those qualities and behaviors in the other person. In so doing, you notice what you appreciate more; you’re likely to see more of it too. And you’ve made another person’s day through genuine acknowledgement and validation of who the person is.
There’s a colonial saying, “To receive a gift is truly a pleasure but isn’t the giver receiving the treasure.” Thanksgiving is a great reminder of the value of sharing thanks for the non-material gifts we receive from one another. Studies have shown that the person expressing gratitude experiences a greater boost in happiness than the person who received the thanks.
Who do you want to thank this season?
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Revitalize Your Life,
Dina, Life and Leadership Coach
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