Feeling Gratitude and Not Expressing It Is Like Wrapping a Present and Not Giving It

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~ William Arthur Ward

Expressing gratitude is one of humanity’s oldest concepts and resides at the core of cultures around the world. However, COVID had turned upside down the expressions we’ve used to convey gratitude like a handshake, pat on the back, huge hugs, and others are a “no go”. Some might even argue there is little to be thankful for in the midst of this long and challenging moment.

Thanks and gratitude for the small stuff is really the big stuff… and can make a big impact on a person’s overall mood and perspective. Today’s expressions of gratitude look a bit different. A Zoom shout out, a thumbs- up or smile emoji, celebratory emails sharing wins and achievements. We are all a bit stretched. Make expressing gratitude simple. It simple, it doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective.

While we collectively are in a very dark moment a grateful perspective and positive attitude are important for sustaining your well-being, to keeping your energy up, and hoping for better days ahead. Ideas for your own self care.

Reflecting on the relationships we share — new or old, professional or personal– we are thankful that they include you!

May your find meaning in quieter celebrations this Thanksgiving