Since childhood my mother has taught me the importance of being thankful and show gratitude to people.
I’ve always been a girl who gives thanks for everything, sometimes even repeatedly, but now I realize that I was not really aware of what I was doing.
I used to use the word “thank you” automatically, as a cordial response.
Well, the other day while kayaking, I was thinking about this and I came to the conclusion that saying ‘thank you’ is not the same with expressing gratitude.
‘Thank you’ is a social convention, a formality, while showing gratitude is a genuine feeling that comes from within and that allows us to cultivate happiness.
Focusing on gratitude, I would like to distinguish it into three types; the subordinate, the unconditional and the supreme unconditional.
The subordinate is the one that most of us know how to master and it consists of being thankful when things go well, when we get something or when someone does us a favor.
The unconditional is an attitude towards life. It is the state of feeling good for no apparent reason. It is to be grateful for the simple fact of living, valuing the small details, such as a smile, a caress, a sunrise, a look, the smell of the sea, etc.
By adopting this attitude, we feel more optimistic and healthy and therefore our happiness increases.
Those who practice the supreme unconditional are those who really master the art of gratitude; these individuals are able to be happy and to show appreciation even in adverse situations, recognizing that there is always opportunity to learn in every difficult situation that allows them to grow and mature. Moreover, I would say that these people, tend to be more empathetic and able to understand the suffering of others.
From here I would like to encourage all of you to practice gratitude, consciously and with love; appreciating every aspect of life, being optimistic and learning from situations even when they are painful or unpleasant.
If you are interested in this particular topic, here are some articles and studies showing the benefits of gratitude
- Gratitude for ‘little things’ is key to relationships
- Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life
- Boost Your Health With a Dose of Gratitude
- Gratitude In Teens Linked With Being Happier: Study
- Gratitude and the Reduced Costs of Materialism in Adolescents
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Love and gratitude