Being mindful of what we say and how we say it, can have a huge impact on the way that we feel, see and, how we are treated. Most of us have not heard of “communicating with gratitude”, let alone are aware of how to speak with gratitude. If you are one of those people, then this article is for you.
1) When you are grateful for the individual you do not criticize. You value the opinions of others, respect their journey and their voice. This is not to say that you cannot disagree, but rather you do not impose your beliefs on them. A great way to express gratitude in a conversation when you disagree is to find value in what the person is saying. There is always something to take away from disagreement. It can affirm what you believe, it can allow you to better understand the person before you, or it can teach you what you do not like.
2) Grateful people always strive for empathy. In conversation, this equates to saying with honesty that you understand where they are on their journey. Again, this does not mean that you have to agree. Rather, you can understand their choices, values and opinions. Be empathetic is being grateful for the rich diversity of life.
3) Grateful people listen with sincerity. When we are grateful, we are IN the moment, we are present. If you are choosing to be in a conversation, than listen with honest inquisition. Bored? Not interested? Then politely excuse yourself. Being true to yourself and who you are is an empowering act of Gratitude.
4) Gratitude equates with honesty. Share what you REALLY believe despite what those around you may think. Be grateful for who you are and be honest. People may not like your honest self, but that is a reflection of who they are and not who you are. Would you rather people liked a “fake” personality, or valued your real individuality? True and honest friendships are always worth striving for.
5) Gratitude is Contagious so be generous! Most people feel uncomfortable sharing their happiness with strangers, but why? Be proud of who you are and honor your gratitude. Say “hello” to strangers, smile and compliment people if you choose. For instance, have you ever seen someone with a great smile that made you smile too? Did you say something? Why not? Complimenting people in a sincere way can add value to peoples lives. Share your gratitude with the world.
Rob and Jacq