Express your gratitude
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward
This quote resonated with me a lot. How many times did you realize you didn’t say “thank you” to a family member, a friend, a colleague, a client? Or you did say “thank you” but it was just an automatic response? Something you were supposed to say, not because you really felt it necessary?
How many times during your day are you really saying “thank you” to someone because you mean it? How many times are you thinking that person deserves to hear how grateful you are? I think not enough times. And I’m guilty as well.
Silent gratitude won’t take you far. It won’t let you enjoy special moments, relationships, happenings. To me it sounds like unfinished business, and I have to acknowledge what happens around me with gratefulness. Not surprisingly, even the negative experiences deserve some gratefulness because they might be eye-opening, revealing, or opening doors to something better and greater in your journey to success.
Be more intentional when you say “thank you”, let the recipient feel loved and appreciated. It doesn’t have to be in response to something he or she has done, it can just be his / her presence or support in your life. And, it doesn’t even have to be a person: you could be grateful for the things you have, for nature around you, for the serenity in your life, for the sun kissing you in the morning. When you express gratitude instead of taking things and people around you for granted, and you say it from your heart, everything becomes easier and more positive.
Try it today. It feels very good.