What an overused and “commercially exploited” word!

 

Gratitude is such a wonderful thing, but can be used to manipulate our feelings and emotions by those who do not know what it really means.

What I would like to do is to share my feelings about gratitude with you.
What is Gratitude?

Per the dictionary, Gratitude is defined as:

“Gratitude, appreciation, or thankfulness is a positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.”

As you can see, it is an emotion or attitude…not an act or a gesture.

Often times people refer to “being grateful”, being appreciative, thankful or in any other way expressing gratitude.

However, let’s be honest, how many of us honestly live our daily life FEELING gratitude?

How many of us take the time to feel grateful for what we have?

When is the last time you did share that gratitude with those people closest to you?

When we are going through a turbulent time and are challenged by a life transition like divorce, it is easy to forget this simple little word. I know that when I first got divorced, I would regularly say, “Yeah…I have a lot to be grateful for alright!”. And I meant it in the most sarcastic way!

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As I moved forward, however, I have grown to appreciate that there is so much that I have to be grateful for. And when I focus my energy and thoughts on being grateful, amazing things happen! Gratitude has become a guiding force in my life!

Next week, on Thanksgiving, we remember to “give thanks”. To take the time to think about what we are THANKFUL for.

As you approach your Thanksgiving meal, whether with family, friends, colleagues, or anyone else, make the commitment to begin a lifelong pattern of FEELING the EMOTION of gratitude.

One way to begin this is to create a Gratitude Jar.

  • Ask each person in your office, your family, at your table…to write down on a small piece of paper, all that they are grateful for. It should be anonymous.
  • Then, using some sort of jar, have each person put their piece of paper into it while silently saying what they are grateful for. You can do it aloud if the group decides that this is their wish.
  • One person can be the holder of the jar where all of these wonderful grateful thoughts will begin to create energy for the entire group.
  • Each year, new thoughts can and should be added to the old!

This is a wonderful little exercise to add to your Thanksgiving celebration. It is always delightful to see all ages taking a moment to reflect on what they are grateful for!

As this is a year when many of us are trying to cutback on the $$ we spend and provide more meaning to our lives, consider choosing a gift during the holiday season that reflects the importance of Gratitude.

You will see below that I have recommended the Gratitude Kit as one gift idea. What a lovely way to say “I appreciate you and want you to have the most fulfilling and wonderful life” through a gift!

Have a great week and enjoy your Thanksgiving celebration!