If we thought specifically about it, many of us would find that we don’t give or hear expressions of gratitude as often as we should. If you feel this way, you are certainly not alone. Remembering to express gratitude can help us and our family members. Gratitude begins with an inner feeling. When we're grateful for the good things happening around us, especially when we’re with those we love, expressing it helps the feelings of love and tenderness to grow. Expressing gratitude can bring a calm sense of well-being.
Gratitude includes saying “thank you” and being polite. But it goes beyond these expectations. Expressing gratitude is the beginning of courtesy, generosity, concern, and appreciation for family members and others.
A deeply felt and fully expressed gratitude is an effective way to positively influence attitudes and behavior--our own and those of others. Learning to feel and express gratitude can have a significant effect on the happiness and success of every family member.
So how do we help our families feel and express gratitude? First, watch the brief video on Expressing Gratitude by clicking on the arrow in the window. Then read the information under the two tabs The Big Picture and Things to Try. These sections contain information to help you improve your own and your family members' ability to express gratitude more effectively.
"There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude." ~Robert Brault