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Doing Gratitude vs Saying Gratitude

When was the last time you told someone specifically what you appreciated about them? When was the last time you showed gratitude towards someone who cared about?

The other day I was listening to a podcast on the Quote of the Day Show - by Sean Croxton and he had clip from Brian Doyle that talked about how people don't know we appreciate them unless we show it. I thought this was genius! Far too many of us only say thanks once in a while or we write what we are thankful on social media, but do we actually mean it?

Listen to that episode of the show here:


I don't do this nearly as often as I should so I wanted to share with you guys a few ways on how we can start to show more appreciation for one other rather than just writing it down or saying a simple thank you. Brian Doyle challenged himself to reach out to one person a day for 365 days and tell them specifically what he appreciated most about them. He also took it a step further and wrote it in a blog everyday for a year and didn't have repeats,

Its funny because this can be kind of scary but if you think about it, we don't tell each other enough how much we appreciate one another. For some people, it may be the first and only time they will ever KNOW how much they really mean to someone. How are they supposed to know we care unless we actually tell them? Or show them? So I want to challenge you to ACTUALLY have conversations with those you appreciate most and give them specifics on how they have impacted your life. Let's make it a point to start appreciated those around us and practicing gratitude a little more in depth from here on out.

Law of Attraction says like attracts like and you can't have more of something unless you are grateful for what you already have! So let's make it a point to show more appreciation for those around us and all they do for us. We can always find the positive in life if we choose. This may sound extremely uncomfortable for some, especially for me. I'm usually very sarcastic and struggle to give sincere thank yous even when I do really mean it.... But in order to get BETTER, I have to practice.

I want to make it a point to reach out to at least 1 person per week and personally thank them for what they have done for me and how they have impacted my life. I will call them on the phone or ask them to meet up in person. Just thinking about this makes me nervous but I know I have to do it. I have to let those who matter to me know how much they matter to me before its too late. And who knows, maybe I will be the only person in their life who has actually told them how much they mean to me and the world? Maybe I am that one person that brightens their day and changes their whole idea of the world? Who knows, right?

Think bigger. Dream bigger. Appreciate more. Give thanks,

Hope you have an amazing holiday weekend!

Talk soon,