My intention is to build a better understanding of what gratitude feels like and I need your help!
I intend to repost this question every day for 21 days (because I like this number 😉 and feel its magic) and add your responses to the post.
I really want to understand what gratitude feels like to my fellow humans and see the common aspects to the concept.
Yesterday (April 27th, 2020) I started a search for the answers. What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You? – Day 1
- a) We will share the positive feelings of gratitude with each other.
- b) We will see common threads that help us define what gratitude is to us.
- c) We will focus on a positive concept and build understandings for better intentions.
Responses from Day 1:
Thank you to Johanne Reed for sharing her daughter’s beautifully written essay on gratitude: “Things To Be Grateful For” by Maya Reed. Her examples give an excellent definition of what gratitude can be, what might cause us to be grateful, and how to show gratitude. I strongly recommend reading it.
I want to thank Johanne & Maya for listing some new literature on the subject that I hadn’t heard before. I really want to read A.J. Jacobs’ book – Thanks A Thousand. It sounds like an awesome adventure! (ps: I don’t have any affiliate stake in recommending this book. It just sounds fascinating to me.)
Maya’s article gave me some excellent things to consider and practices that will surely help me get closer to my own question, but it doesn’t really answer it for me. I’m very happy it doesn’t. I feel excited that a conversation has begun and I’m grateful that Maya started it this way.
I hope you don’t mind, Johanne, I read through your readers’ comments to see if anyone had a description of what gratitude felt like to them and these are the keywords that pop out for me: happiness, smiles, pride, kindness, love.