The Latin word Gratus means thankful or pleasing and is generally attributed to be the source of the English word Gratitude.
In our life there are many people and circumstances who/which can be credited for defining us. While growing up it’s our parents/ siblings/ educators who have taught us innumerable lessons, helped us patiently or even gotten into a schoolyard scrape to defend us.
While on one hand we may never be able to wholly express our gratitude to them as a large measure of indebtedness is also there, we must not be silent about it either.
“Silent gratitude is of not much use to anyone.” – G.B. Stein
We don’t need to buy elaborate gifts or make extravagant gestures to show our gratitude. Going overboard with compliments or being clingy to prove our presence in their life is not going to cut it either.
Not being silent in our expression but not being loud in our gestures either.
So then how…….
It’s very simple.
Gratitude is being thankful for the kindness shown to you and reciprocating the same when needed by the other person. The readiness to show appreciation and willingness to do something for the other, is key when expressing our thankfulness.
Gratitude is also being thoughtful towards others and extending help/advice/effort even before they ask for it.
Most importantly, do not trumpet about your magnimosity as it might embarrass the one who sought your help. It will also make you come across as arrogant and a boor.
I will leave you with this beautiful thought on Gratitude and hope to hear your views on this soon.