According to Wikipedia gratitude is defined as “thankfulness, or gratefulness, from the Latin word gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’ and is a feeling of appreciation felt by and/or similar positive response shown by the recipient of kindness, gifts, help, favors, or other types of generosity, towards the giver of such gifts.”
So it is important for our well-being but also for building strong relationships to show your appreciation for them.
But how to show gratitude? Are there some ready-to-use strategies you can show your gratitude in your daily life?
Here are some ideas for the uninspired beyond you:
- Listen actively to what someone is telling you – that means not only to listen but also to understand what the person wants to communicate to you
- Tell someone what you appreciate about him or her appearance or activity
- Put yourself into the other`s shoes and think about how he or she might be feeling due to your words and behavior
- Offer yourself to take someone task to make his or her day easier
- Get physical to those you feel close to and embrace them when meeting, leaving, or just when you feel to do this
- Just be there when dear people need you and leave other things besides
- Celebrate with other dear people their achievements and congratulate them
- When you receive a gift, open it in front of other people and show them that you are grateful for it by using it
- Be patient with other people, remember everyone has good and bad times
- Think of small gifts for dear people, you think to suit them and make a surprise from time to time
- Write a handwritten note to show appreciation for a nice gesture or to encourage dear people in tough times
- Write each night before sleeping a success diary and remember yourself what positive things you have achieved during the day
- Be supportive of those in need, and the first person people would think of to run to when facing struggles
- Pay money forward – for other people or for donations – the money will come back to you
- Leave a tip for people who made a good service to you
- Make a volunteer for charity institutions – it will be a good setup also for you
- Donate things you do not need anymore instead of throwing them away
- Say “Sorry” every time you make a mistake
- Spend time with those in need – the sick or the elderly
- Say “Thank you” to all people you feel have made your life a little bit better
- Smile ???
Now I am curious to find out, if gratitude is important to you and how you incorporate it into your daily life?
Just share a comment with us, we are looking forward to your input.