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

As 2019 comes to a close, we’re all hustling around trying to make sure we don’t forget anyone and that we get everything completed before the holiday season ends and a new year—and decade—begins.

We send out ecards, evites, emails and maybe even text messages to our family, co-workers, friends and service providers. We try our best to make sure nothing is forgotten and all our year-end tasks are completed so that we might get a few moments of solitude. Only then can we soak up all the things we’re grateful for and experience the joy of the season.

When we’re appreciative, we’re filled with a sense of well-being and swept up by a feeling of joy. This joy is the simplest form of gratitude. The decorations we hang heighten the senses we feel around this time of year. The food we prepare expresses that joy, and when people rave about it, we feel appreciated. When people open our gifts and we hear “I love this! It’s exactly what I wished for!” we feel that all the effort we put into shopping and wrapping was worth it. And then we clean up and reset for the next year, and that sense of joy dulls within hours.

We all feel grateful, but oftentimes we don’t express it outwardly. Thankfulness is far more powerful and meaningful when you deliver it verbally, yet many of us don’t practice “the attitude of gratitude”: stopping during our busy days and telling people that we appreciate them and the things they do.

I’ve built my practice around this attitude of gratitude, because I believe that all the positive things that come from being grateful multiple your blessings and those of the people around you. Today, I’m grateful for another opportunity to work with amazing people. I’m grateful for my friends and family, and for the joy that they bring to my everyday life. I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my joy in my work and in my personal life. To enrich and be enriched. To share and be shared with. To love and be loved. To give and to be given to. To be grateful and have graciousness returned to me.

This year, feel a sense of appreciation, experience more joy, and then practice an attitude of gratitude. Start the new year off with the constant practice of gratitude, and then experience the change in both your energy and the energy of those around you.

Be enlightened.