Gratitude is the quality of being thankful. In other words, seeking out what’s good and appreciating it. Think of the time when someone thanked you for something or maybe gave you a gift or token of appreciation. How did it make you feel? Pretty good, right? Now, this is how the other person feels when you acknowledge their support by showing gratitude. Check out Prem Rawat’s words of wisdom on https://www.tprf.org/prem-rawat/.
Gratitude is the greatest of all the gifts. While this feeling of gratefulness won’t come in a day, here are some simple ways you can practice to express gratitude towards others.
Express in words
Words are the most underrated way to express gratitude. But also, the simplest and the most direct. When we don’t say the word, like a simple thank you, unknowingly, we are taking the other person for granted. Not expressing how grateful you are to them will give them a wrong idea, that they are not enough, or they are doing something wrong.
Do you know it costs you nothing to express your compassion? Start at home, be grateful to your family, first. Think about what and how to be grateful, and then adopt the actions and habits that will support this thinking. Tell someone how much you appreciate them and their efforts, and see the life-changing effects your words bring.
A token of gratitude
Expressing gratitude is a gift in itself, as said above. Words are indeed important, no doubt, but gifting something thoughtful is more permanent. Going out of the way and buying something meaningful that can be kept and treasured for life, will surely put a smile on anyone’s face.
While choosing a gift, the monetary value shouldn’t be the first priority. Cards and other personalized gifts will be enough to make someone feel warm inside. Even a little something can make anyone feel special.
Listen to what they have to say
Not everyone is open about their emotions; sometimes, you need to ask. Actively participating in the conversation and listening to what they have to say is enough to make them feel good. A sense of belonging is all one wants from the other person.
A simple conversation, a little of your time can make their day better, so why not? Start it from this moment, call someone you haven’t talked to in days, text someone, leave them a gratitude note, or write them a letter and put a smile on their face. In the end, gratitude makes you feel good too.
Take nothing for granted
Your domestic help, the server in a restaurant, the usher in a movie hall, and many more such unsung beings help you in regular life. How often have you acknowledged their efforts? Don’t answer it, think about it. Drop a tip in the jar, or tipping your server, or a cup of tea for your domestic help — these small gestures will fill their heart with joy.
We are taught, ‘Count Your Blessings.’ Today’s world, we are so busy complaining that we lose sight of what we have. The study says grateful people are happier with high self-esteem and life-satisfaction. Random acts of kindness take you a long way, be kind.
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