Gratefulness (vs. Unthankfulness)

Letting others know by my words and actions how they have benefited my life.

To practice Gratefulness I will:

  • show my parents and teachers that I appreciate them
  • write thank you notes
  • take care of my things
  • be content with what I have
  • count my benefits rather than my burdens

Gratefulness goes way beyond a simple Thank You. It is a way of life, a paradigm, an attitude. It is the active choice to be grateful for what you have and let go of what you do not. Gratefulness is being grateful for the giver, not just gift. It is recognizing that the greatest blessings in our lives are the people and then showing genuine appreciation for them in your life. It is understanding that the best way to say “thank you” is to give back and that it may not be directly to the person who gave to you. The opposite of Gratefulness is listed as Unthankfulness. A stronger opposite would be Entitlement, a focus on what is still to come. True gratitude focuses on what is already received.

This month, practice Gratefulness by expressing appreciation to the givers in your life.

“A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances. A complaining soul complains even in paradise.”
– Baha’u’llah

“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

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