This weekend I was speaking at a Men’s Breakfast in a local hotel. It’s something a group of the men from church organise. I’ve never spoken there before, and quite enjoyed myself. Public speaking isn’t really one of my things, but this was OK.
A number of people came up to me at the end and said “thank you”. Their gratitude wasn’t just in their words, I could see it in their faces. It was very encouraging.
When I was younger someone once said to me that a “thank you” costs nothing, but was worth a lot.
Simple gratitude is a real blessing to the person receiving it.
It wasn’t until today that I had made the realisation that it was also good for the giver. Another blog that I read was talking about it:
In her book, The How of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky explores a dozen scientifically proven strategies to make you happier. The first? Expressing gratitude. I try to start my day with my gratitude journal. Honestly, it determines what kind of day I’m going to have regardless of what happens that day, good or bad.
As I’ve thought about that this afternoon I’ve contemplated some of the people I know. The happy ones tend to be the grateful ones, the ungrateful ones tend to be somewhat glum.
It’s certainly a better experience to be around grateful people and I’ve been very blessed with some people who are experts at gratitude. I have to confess to not being the worlds best in this regard and I could certainly be more grateful, perhaps that’s a little of what this blog is about.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
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