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! 🙂