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!


About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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