gratitude-appreciation-article“Unlocking the fullness of life through Gratitude and savouring the present through appreciation is the essence of living.”   ~ Etta D Richards

Gratitude and Appreciation………..Knowing the difference.

I am always seeking knowledge. A few days ago I told a friend of mine I appreciated her and grateful for their friendship. She said my gratitude is enough, no appreciation necessary. That got me thinking, so I let my fingers to the walking, and searched the net for their meaning. I knew there was a difference between the two, but I needed to be able to articulate it.

Here’s a compilation of what I found on the difference between Gratitude and Appreciation.

Being more thoughtful, living in the present determines the subtle shift between gratitude and appreciation; becoming more aware in reflecting on the reasons for our gratitude. Then through present awareness, the feeling of appreciated is generated. “Recognition of the quality, value, importance or magnitude of people or things around you,” is one definition given to the word appreciation.

The base from which appreciation flows, is gratitude. We can have gratitude for something without having an appreciation for it. You can be grateful for the roof over your head, but lack the appreciation for it. Though I’m grateful for food on my table, I can honestly say I don’t always have appreciation for it. I don’t aways appreciate how fortunate I am to be able to serve a hot meal to my family each day because I often thought that gratitude was enough.

Appreciation reminds us about how someone or something makes or made us feel…….I’m reminded by the Maya Angelou quote- “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Be grateful for the moment and appreciate those around you.

Happy Thursday!!

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