As the holiday season approaches, you may find yourself thinking about gratitude and giving thanks. Although the terms are used interchangeably, they do not mean the same thing. Gratitude is a noun and a way of life. Giving thanks is a verb. Being thankful is about you. Giving thanks is about others.
When you are sitting at the holiday dinner table, you give thanks for the presence of family and friends to share abundance. Thankfulness goes much deeper. It is a daily appreciation and a sense of peace with the world. Telling the important people in your life how much you love them is an expression of that gratitude. It is based in spirituality and affection.
Thankfulness allows you to make sense of your life. It is the manifestation of commitment, love, and shared experiences. It is the understanding that the universe wants you to be happy and connected to other people.
When times are difficult, you may struggle to get in touch with your gratitude. Starting a journal can be helpful to work through negativity, get back into a thankful state of mind, and rediscover your place in the larger scheme of things.
An act of thankfulness will last only a moment, but being thankful is a way of life. This Thanksgiving, look deep into your heart and express the love you feel to everyone around you. Embrace your life, and share your riches. Be calm, centered and understanding in the face of chaos. Choose happiness, acceptance and generosity. That is gratitude.