“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ” -William A. Ward
Everyone likes to be appreciated, yet research shows we are collectively quicker to place blame than offer praise. Perhaps it’s because we’re wired to seek solutions to problems, which means we need to recognize things that aren’t working.
But relationships aren’t problems to be solved. They might come with their challenges, but inherently they don’t need fixing. They need nurturing, and it’s our job to do that.
Today make it a point to express all the gratitude you feel, even for little things. Thank the barista not only for your coffee but for serving you with a smile. Tell your coworker how much you appreciate that she’s so thorough and conscientious. Express your gratitude to your sister for always asking how you’re doing.
Whenever you feel grateful, put it into words. It’s amazing how a small expression of gratitude can brighten someone’s day and remind them there’s a lot they’re doing right.
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