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Showing Gratefulness - How Being Thankful is Kind

Thanksgiving typically serves as a good reminder to be grateful for the things you have, and for the people in your life. Not only is expressing gratitude a healthy habit, showing gratefulness to others is kind.

Author: Inspire Kindness Team

Having Gratitude is Kind

As the Holiday season is approaching, Thanksgiving typically serves as a good reminder to be grateful for the things you have, and for the people in your life. Not only is expressing gratitude a healthy habit, showing gratefulness to others is kind. As a result of being grateful and kind to ourselves, we are naturally kinder to others!

Everyone wants to feel valued and appreciated - and one of the easiest ways to do this is simply by saying ‘thank you’. It seems so simplebut a lot of times thanking others can be neglected. Showing genuine gratitude towards others has a snowball effect because not only do you make them feel good, you feel good in return. By expressing gratitude for someone else, they may feel inspired to pay it forward and do the same, sparking a cycle of kindness.

If you could pick just one habit to implement or to improve on - that would have a positive impact on the rest of your life, the Practice of Gratitude would be a good choice.

Being grateful is a conscious choice, and Gratitude is considered a practice, just like yoga. The most grateful people typically seem to be the most happy: it goes hand in hand. 


‘The simple act of practicing gratitude every day rewires your brain to be more resilient, focused, and positive throughout the day.’ (Source: Robert Emmons)

Showing Gratefulness is proven to have powerful and lasting effects on your overall health and wellbeing. Therefore, we should be intentional about practicing gratitude on a daily basis. The impact of having a grateful mindset frames a more positive perspective when life gets hard or things don’t go as planned. There are many ways we can apply gratitude in our lives.

Easy Ways to Practice Gratitude:

  • Always say thank you, and mean it.
  • Be an active listener; show gratitude by being there for others and really listening to them, without making it about yourself.
  • Give genuine compliments and accept compliments when given in return.
  • Give a pep talk or encourage someone who may be going through something difficult. Let them know that you are there for them.
  • Hand-write a letter just because or send a small thoughtful gift to someone you love when they aren’t expecting it.
  • Reach out to a family member to share why you are grateful for them. 
  • Write positive affirmations for yourself and hang them in a visible place in your room to see everyday.
  • Volunteer your time and give back to the community.
  • Take time to really see people. Notice the little things people do that may usually go unnoticed.
  • Give a detailed example of why you are grateful for a friend in your life. Share in their joys and celebrate with them.
  • Make a grateful list as a powerful way to start your week. Think of three things to be grateful for each day and write them down or say them out-loud.

You can show gratitude by doing any of these things anytime, anywhere: at home, at work, at school, in public. This video is a great reminder to be grateful for all the gifts we already have each day and not to take the little things for granted, because nothing in life is guaranteed. 

Another takeaway from this video is that we shouldn't need a holiday to remind us to be grateful. Showing gratitude is not always easy, but the more we do it, the easier it becomes and the better we feel. Gratitude brings happiness and ultimately, contentment. 

10 Quotes to further describe the power of Expressing Gratitude:

“The most beautiful way to start and end the day, is with a Grateful Heart.” - Unknown

“Along my journey I have learned that the more thankful I am, the more I have to be thankful for.” - Unknown

“We forget that waking up each day is the first thing we should be grateful for.” - Unknown

“Gratitude eliminates fear, worry, grief, and depression - and brings happiness, kindness, compassion, understanding, and peace of mind.” - Unknown

“Sometimes we’re so busy chasing all the things we haven’t got that we forget to notice the things we already have, the people in our lives, and the fortunate circumstances in which we live.” - Unknown

“Live with an attitude of gratitude; gratitude is the healthiest of all human attitudes.”  - Zig Ziglar

“It is not joy that makes us grateful. It is gratitude that makes us JOYFUL.” - David Steindl Rast

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – Proverb

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” - Oprah

“Enjoy the little things. For one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault