People don’t express gratitude enough these days. Oh, they may say “thank you” and be polite, but showing real gratitude goes deeper than that.

Rabbi Michael Latz describes it in this way:

“Gratitude is more than the simple expression of thanks.  Authentic gratitude is the recognition on the part of the person offering thanks to the one receiving the gratitude that the task at hand is simply too great to be done alone; it is the celebration of human connection and relationship, the realization that the gift has been bestowed on both parties for the interaction has changed and transformed them both, into something cosmically greater than they were alone.” 

Expressing true gratitude takes more thought than a rote comment and requires you to celebrate the relationship beyond just showing appreciation for accomplishing a task.

Think about who deserves your gratitude today – maybe someone who has given you feedback that was hard to hear but necessary, done a heavy lift on your behalf or consistently been there when you needed a shoulder. Celebrate them today.

Thanks, Amy!


I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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