National Day of Gratitude

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
― William Arthur Ward

Thank someone on National Day of GratitudeRecently on Facebook, a trend has emerged where individuals are challenged to list three things that they are thankful for and re-post three new things for five days in a row. At the end of the five days, they are to nominate other friends to complete the five-day challenge.

Although sharing feelings of appreciation or value can occur on any day, sometimes it takes a nomination from a friend, or a national “holiday” to remind us to share those thoughts with others. The expression of personal emotions and feelings are often the most difficult to convey. Assumptions are made that the other party understands our feelings without ever discussing them. But as the quote at the top illustrates, having gratitude means nothing without sharing it with others.

So while it is important to personally remind ourselves of the things we feel grateful for, it is also important to share it. Writing a letter, posting to Facebook, or making a phone call are some of the ways to reach out to someone to say that you are grateful for them.

This Sunday, September 21st is the National Day of Gratitude. In what ways will you show your gratitude? Leave a message in the comments section to share your appreciation and gratefulness.

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  • Teri says:

    I am thankful for the opportunity to love to be loved. To have time with husband family my father and grandchild. I work out and try hard to push thru no matter what. Thankful to God to my husband Timothy.

  • Kim L says:

    I am grateful for my husband who has stood at my side for these 19+ years since my diagnosis. He has given me shots, encouragement, and hugs when I needed them most. My gratitude overflows for my cousin who will be traveling with me to Wales this spring fulfilling a life long dream of mine. I am also grateful for the love and assistance my sons and their families as well as my stepdaughters and their families. A huge thank you also to my mom, brother, and my brother’s family. I love you all so much.

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