“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
William Arthur Ward
For some reason this reminds me of the age old philosophical question of, “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it does it make a sound?” If you feel grateful to another person, but don’t share it, does it have the impact it could? I am HUGE proponent of daily journaling and specifically of keeping a gratitude journal. Writing down the 3-5 things each day that I am grateful for, and why, has really been impactful in my life over the past 3-4 years. To learn more check out this article on The Transformative Power of Gratitude.
As I read this quote it makes me think that perhaps I have been stuck in first gear regarding my gratitude habit. I journal daily about what I am grateful for, but I haven’t made sharing that gratitude a daily priority. There are so many incredible gifts that we receive in life, isn’t the best and most appropriate response to simply say thank you?