The Fourth Degree of Gratitude
In the Three Degrees of Gratitude, we explored how to engage in different levels of appreciation. The first degree of gratitude is about developing a habit of saying thank you. The second degree is a state of being in which we express gratitude with a kind gesture. The third degree is about finding gratitude where it’s hard. We especially need to be grateful in difficult times. But is there a more active way we can exercise gratitude?
The fourth degree of gratitude:
Think about the people that seem to be the most grateful. A person that loves life. Someone that loves to share. That kind of joy is sparked by giving. That’s what the fourth degree of gratitude is all about. When we give, we give out of generosity without keeping score and with no expectations. This doesn’t mean forgetting about reciprocity altogether. What it means is you give because you recognize that you can. Being grateful helps you to become aware that you have enough to share. So how can you give thanks?
- Be courteous and be kind
- Host a meal
- Share your talents
- Share a moment
- Be available
- Be proud of your loved ones (and tell them why)
- Surprise someone
- Give a gift
- Give your time (presence)
- Encourage others
- Visit, call, or e-mail someone
- Support what loved ones offer or produce
- Support people in need
- Offer genuine recognition
What other ways can you find to give thanks? I’m sure you can see the trend: giving food (resources), giving time, giving encouragement. Giving is a realization of personal growth that gives purpose to our lives: the more I have, the more I give. The more I give, the more I grow and the happier I become. Lastly, when we give thanks, we celebrate that the world is abundant, as long as we work together and share with each other! Who do you think could benefit the most from your gratitude? Who will you give thanks today?
Juan F. Diaz
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