Why Expressing Gratitude Will Make You Better in Life And Business

Expressing Gratitude Will Not Only Help Your Personal life But Also Your Business

Gratitude is often a difficult concept to understand and put into practice. Remember how your parents used to tell you not to waste food because there were starving kids in the world? That was an elementary attempt at teaching gratitude because the goal was to make you think about how fortunate you were to have food on your plate. And I was definitely fortunate. Every time I see someone hungry, homeless, or without I think of what my parents taught me.


Once children get older and start to understand the concept of gratitude, they’re usually bombarded with commercials and marketing ploys for all the latest, coolest gadgets. The problem is that all this hype and marketing undermines parents’ desire to teach their children to be happy with what they already have. And jealousy is especially difficult to battle when children have friends who get whatever they desire. My son struggles with this at times and I have to remind him that you do not want others’ struggles so why want their gains. Focus on what you want because you want it not because you see someone else with it. 

But if love and gratitude are only expressed through worldly things, there is no depth or deeper meaning since things break down, get old, and stop working at some point. If you had it once, you can get it again but better the next time…

What Is Gratitude?

If you look in the dictionary you’ll find the definition of gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness; basically, being happy with what you have in life. Sit and think about all that you have your home, family, health, food, car, and faith and then consider those people who don’t have any of those things. It’s very humbling to realize that there are so many joys we take for granted in our life!

Try visiting a hospital or a nursing home and see how much gratitude you will have for simple things in life. Always stay humble!!!

Every Thanksgiving families sit around the dinner table and share what they’re thankful for but this practice shouldn’t be reserved for just one time a year. Giving regular thanks will help everyone in your family appreciate each other and all they have.

Ways to Show Gratitude

* Share your gratitude with your family every night before bedtime. Say thanks to whoever cooked your food, thanks to the person who did you a favor, and thanks to everyone in your life.

* Encourage your kids to really think about the little things that happened during the day to find their gratitude. I tell my son daily if you’re woke you have reason to smile…

* Enjoy the time together and use the sharing opportunity to open discussions about ways your family can work together as a loving team. And be open and honest with each other.

Showing Gratitude Without Envy

Both children and adults are guilty of being envious of other people’s possessions or success at one time or another. It’s human nature, especially since we see what others have and desire it for ourselves. If you’re ready to eliminate that jealousy and show genuine gratitude, here are a few reminders for you:

  1. Gratitude can be expressed by doing big and small things. You don’t have to make a huge monetary contribution to express your appreciation. Simple things, such as writing a thank you note, are just as effective in showing your gratitude for life.
  1. Gratitude must be practiced regularly, even during difficult times. By doing something small but meaningful each day to show your gratitude, you’re forming an important habit that will last for your lifetime.
  1. Gratitude is not all about money. Making charitable contributions is wonderful but if you don’t have the money to do that, volunteer your time at a homeless shelter, animal shelter, or other charity that touches your heart. Your time is just as valuable as money!

Teaching Kids a Life Lesson

Young children generally have a difficult time thinking of the big world around them. Their worlds are often centered on themselves, their family, school, and activities. They barely have a concept of another town or state, never mind starving kids in other countries.

By engaging in activities as a family, you can show your children the struggles other people face and how their own problems or desires fit into the big picture. Seeing the children who don’t normally get Christmas gifts will help them appreciate their own possessions more. Listening to the stories of the people at the homeless shelters on Thanksgiving Day will help them learn compassion for others. 

It may not be an instantaneous change, but eventually, your kids will be more concerned about people, instead of things. Things can be replaced, but people are priceless. After all, without the sacrifices of our parents and the gift of positive relationships, there would be no one to share our things with.

Never Stop Dreaming And Dream Big

Gratitude plays an important role in your own personal growth journey but expressing your gratitude doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dreams. If you want to reach a certain career level, go for it. Want a bigger house, save up. If your child wants the newest electronic toy, let him start learning the value of money. In doing so, you will begin to appreciate your life journey a whole lot more.

Gratitude helps you see the true joys in everything big, small or in between. Just remember that every gift in your life should be a pleasant surprise rather than a desperate or jealous desire.