marți, 25 ianuarie 2011

Gratitude













Everybody I’m sure know what gratitude means. Do we really know how to express it? Gratitude is the art of receiving gracefully, of showing appreciation for every kindness, great and small. Most of us do not fail to show our pleasure when we receive hospitality, gifts and obvious benefits, but even here we can perfect our manner of showing gratitude by making it as personal and sincere as possible. Nothing hurts the one who gives so much as an offhand expression of thanks. Gratitude is sometimes more than a personal affair. It is a confirming thought that gratitude can be not merely a passing sentiment but a renewal which can, in some instances, persist for a lifetime. It is above all, in the little things that the grace of gratitude should be most employed. Nothing brightens life – our own and others’ – so much as the spirit of thanksgiving. Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much. For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbors build up their philosophy of life.
Many of us say thank you when receiving something. Do we say thank you just for saying it or do we really make it mean what it really means? Do we say thank you emphasized by a smile?