Saying Thank You.

The photograph was used with permission (and gratitude!) from Alicia and Neil’s Photography.  


"Make it a habit to tell people thank you, to express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return.  Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you.  Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it."

~ Ralph Marston
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."       

~William Arthur Ward
"Saying "thank you" creates love."

~ Daphne Rose Kingma
"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."

~ G.K. Chesterton

Gratitude is a wonderful frame of mind from which to view our life.  Research shows that people who take the time to write down the things for which they are grateful actually increase their happiness.  Gratitude creates an optimistic mindset and helps us make more positive choices.

But what about thanking and giving praise to those around us?  Is that important? It sounds so easy, but sometimes it can be difficult.  Some people find praise and gratitude very hard to express.  Others find it easy to give, but feel uncomfortable accepting it.

Today, I wanted to share a Ted Talk by Laura Trice. It is only three minutes long; a quick, thought-provoking glimpse into this subject.  She believes that learning to give and ask for genuine praise creates happier lives and households, and that it might very well be where the seed for a better world is planted.

I invite you to listen to this 3 minute (and 24 second) video. I would love to hear your take on this topic, so please feel free to leave a comment.  How important is it to express gratitude?  Is gratitude still valid if we have to prompt it?

Wait… before I go, Thanks for visiting, I truly appreciate you stopping by!  🙂


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Carina Spring

Hi! So glad you stopped by my little blog, where I joyfully embrace creativity. Here, at Home... hurrah!, I celebrate the beauty and depth of everyday moments, explore what life has to teach us, and share some of the interesting things I see and learn along the way. Thanks for the visit!

4 thoughts on “Saying Thank You.”

  1. I love gratitude – I believe the happiest people are the ones who remember to be thankful, and I try to encourage it in my clients every day.

  2. Dear Carina, I loved this post so much, also the video. (An aside – G.K. Chesterton is a favorite author of mine, so many great quotes.) I loved your thoughts on gratitude. Also the gorgeous picture! It seems to me that gratitude is more treasured if unprompted, but we don’t live in a perfect world. And people can’t read minds. (Last I checked.) I read an amazing book called One Thousand Gifts. several years ago after Hudson was born. The author, Ann Voskamp, took on a challenge given her by a friend, to pen a list of one thousand things she was thankful for. This list was the beginning of a lifelong journey for Ann of intentional gratitude. It changed her life. I have a gratitude list going too, and am amazed at the many things and people I have to be thankful for. And THANK YOU Carina, for such an inspiring post. (!)

    1. Hi Allie! I am going to be checking out that book – it sounds like something I would really enjoy reading! Thanks so much for mentioning it. That’s great that you keep a gratitude list. It sounds like an uplifting endeavour.

      Alicia and Neil take amazing pictures – the link is provided if you ever want to see more.

      After posting this, I coincidentally learned that in many Asian countries they don’t say “thank-you” to family members. The word thank-you is reserved only for extremely significant events, and doing nice things for each other is just expected, and they express their gratitude through their actions (I think we do that here, too) I thought that was an interesting cultural difference. I guess that is probably a different post altogether, though. 🙂

      Always great to hear from you, I appreciated reading the interesting comment! Take care. 🙂

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