Gratitude can be a tricky subject and is more than a mere “thank you” – it is a like a deep appreciation for someone or something, which shapes our mindset and the way we see the world, and produces lasting positivity.

Since this subject is a tricky one, I asked my grandma for her take on the term gratitude. This amazing and thoughtful woman is lucky enough to have grandchildren and great-grandchildren and maintains a warm and appreciative household under her belt. She told me that the word gratitude to her indicates a feeling of appreciation for what you have in your life.

“Grandma what are you grateful for?”, I asked.
“I am grateful for having a family that I feel is a successful addition to the world and promise of the future”, she answered.
“Have you told your family members how and why you are grateful to them?”, I asked.
“I’ve always told them I’ve always appreciated what they were doing for me and for us. I’ve thanked my parents for the upbringing they gave me; the educational tours my father took my siblings and I on, and the open discussions we held at our dining room table. I believe because we shared our ideas and our gratitude to one another our bond grew stronger with each dialogue.”

So you see, this idea of gratitude is twofold: first, to acknowledge what you are grateful for, and then to express it. Many articles and blogs will encourage you to make a list of all the things that are good around you and to be grateful for them. This is a good approach, but it shouldn’t stop there. The key is to share your appreciation with those who have helped you and made something possible.

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