Monday, June 3, 2013
Gratitude is a commonly used term these days. There are gratitude journals, gratitude challenges and gratitude quotes everywhere. Being grateful is a very good thing and has its place.
Although the words appreciation and gratitude are similar and often interchanged, appreciation produces a completely different “feeling” and a different emotion.
Let’s take a closer look at the definitions:
— n a feeling of thankfulness, as for gifts or favors
Synonyms - acknowledgment, indebtedness, sense of obligation, thankfulness.
Gratitude is given for things that have changed such as improved health, a life that was spared, a larger house, a pay raise, etc... In other words, gratitude, being grateful, brings with it not only thanks for the improved situation but recognition of the past situation (poorer health, lesser pay, a smaller house, a life that was nearly lost).
— n the act of estimating the qualities of things and giving them their proper value.
—clear perception or recognition
Synonyms – rise, increase, gain, grow, acknowledgement
We often appreciate the warmth of the sun, the beauty of a flower, the love of a child, the kindness of a stranger, a warm cozy bed…
If you put a visual to the words, gratitude would look more like being on your knees giving thanks whereas appreciation looks like standing tall with arms stretched out toward the sky.