“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” William James
Thank you. These two little words, often said automatically, hold tremendous power in every language. To neglect them is to risk wounding a relationship.
To be thankful means I am conscious of a benefit received. Saying thank you demonstrates awareness that someone has enriched my life. It may be a kind gesture, a gift, a service, a listening ear, or some other generous act. This little expression has the power to build bridges with family members, friends, co-workers, and those I may only have a passing interaction with.
Those who dismiss the opportunity to say thank you are not esteemed. Many tell me they will never purchase another gift for someone who has neglected to send them a thank you card. Others say they will not shop at a business that does not thank them for making a purchase. Without understanding the power of thank you, many have damaged a valued relationship.
Gratitude begins in our thoughts. What we think about, is what we focus on. A grateful heart is a heart at peace. This heart overflows with thankfulness.
Gratitude is expressed with our words. Our words have the power to destroy or to build. Keep a record of how many times in one day you actually say thank you to others.
Gratitude is demonstrated through our actions. Actions do speak loudly. Expressing gratitude to others actually becomes a gift to myself. It improves my mental, physical, and spiritual health.
It is impossible to enjoy life without the love and support of others. I am who I am, and where I am, because of so many that have touched my life with their generosity, their wisdom, and their support. I am dependent on God and forever grateful for the people He has brought into my life. Every achievement of ‘mine’ has been realized by a team effort.
No matter how overwhelming life may seem at times, there is always something for which to be grateful. It is our job to pursue gratitude.
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