Lately, I’ve been thinking about the reasons WHY we show gratitude, give thanks (Thanksgiving is probably the first thing that popped into your head), and show our appreciation.  It’s much more than just a polite obligation.

We are taught to say thank you from a young age, so much so, that often, it becomes ingrained.  We say thank you to the cashier at the grocery store, thank you to the person who lets us cut in front of them on the highway (I hope– don’t be THAT person), and it’s automatic. We don’t really think about what we’re actually saying.  We’ve fulfilled our obligation. Most of us are taught to write thank you notes for a gift or for something above and beyond what they had to for us. In some ways, it’s easy for gratitude to feel like an unconscious effort, and certainly, a day dedicated to chowing down on mashed potatoes can’t be wrong.  However, thanks giving can be a daily practice.  What really makes a difference in our own well-being and relationships is when we consciously practice showing gratitude– both for what we have and for others.

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Gratitude counts.  It matters.  It isn’t an occasion-based thing, either.  The small things that you notice and acknowledge can often bring the most satisfaction.  That’s what WeGush is all about– consciously practicing gratitude.