Grounded in Gratefulness

» Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in Thankfulness, Words of Wisdom | 0 comments

Grounded in Gratefulness

Knowing how to thank people for kindness and generosity is not something that we are born knowing how to do. It is something that we learn, either from our parents as we grow or somewhere else along the path of life. Ponder this thought when thinking of thankfulness and gratitude:

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought;
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. 
~G.K. Chesterton

Why is gratitude so important? Showing people your thankfulness and appreciation for what they do is vitally important in our lives because human beings are emotional creatures. We can be encouraged or discouraged; we can feel appreciated or un-needed; we can feel loved or un-important. When we are gracious in our responses to generosity, we are helping spread the more positive emotions in the life of others and what goes around comes around.

This quote speaks of another importance of being grounded in gratitude:

If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got,
he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get. 
~Frank A. Clark

Being thankful for what you have received in important, but having an attitude of thankfulness is even more important. It is much easier to express gratitude when you have practiced gratitude to help it become an instant reaction and a regular part of your life.

To help development a mind-set of gratefulness, try out the following:

  • Watch your pets. Even a small pet, such as a guinea pig, reacts in a special way when it is thankful for its food. The guinea pig squeaks gleefully, the dog wags his tail, the cat purrs – all to show you how happy they are to have been fed.
  • Keep a gratefulness journal. Every day, write down one thing you are grateful for and why.
  • Volunteer. No matter where you choose to volunteer, watch the people, and see how much brighter their day has become because of you being there that day. You’ll feel better too!
  • Praise those around you. Take the time to thank your spouse for helping with the laundry, or your children for the little things they do that you like, or your friend for always being there to listen. A little bit of praise goes a long way.
  • Randomly show kindness. Look around you when you are out and about. The supermarket is a great place for this… When you see someone that looks like they are having trouble standing in line or appear to be in a hurry or are having a tough time wrangling their rambunctious children, let them have your place in line. You might get some really strange looks at first, but you just might make someone’s day.

So, be thankful for what you receive and for the things you already have. That way, when another person shows kindness or generosity towards you, you will know how to be thankful. You can make a difference in your world and in the lives of others. All it takes is a little gratefulness. Again, just as with praise, a little bit goes a long way to making the world around you a more positive place.

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