Is “thank you” a phrase you hear a lot during the holidays, as we approach the end of the year? Is it a phrase that you use a lot right now? Does thank you truly signify gratitude?
Do you believe that there is a real sense of gratitude in the frequent “thanks” you hear? Do you feel gratitude when you say thank you? Is saying thank you more of a perfunctory way to conclude an interaction than a true statement of gratitude?
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
― John F. Kennedy
What is gratitude? Is it a mindset? Does real gratitude involve an emotional perspective? What emotions does gratitude generate? Can you feel a sincere sense of gratitude in yourself and in others? Can you feel it when there is obviously no real intention or attention or there is insincerity” in an expression of thanks?
Are you a grateful person? Are you grateful for significant blessings in your life? Are you grateful for small acts of kindness? How do you express gratitude? Do you use a gratitude journal? Do you reflect on that for which you are grateful?