The Art of Expressing Gratitude
This is Week #2 in my Radical Gratitude Challenge. Last week I challenged you to express gratitude to your partner. And, if necessary, work at it, dig around a little, but find things for which you can express appreciation face to face. Thinking it in your head, doesn’t count.
But there’s an art to effectively expressing appreciation. Throwing out a general, “Thanks for marrying me” doesn’t cut it. In order to reach your partner’s heart, the words must describe a specific act, or habit, or character quality.
Like this: “This morning when you went out of your way to kiss me before leaving, I felt so loved!” Or, “I saw how you handled the situation with our daughter. You were so kind!” Or, “Today I was thinking about how lucky I am that I can always count on you to come home after work each day. Not every woman can say that!” Or, “Thank you for cleaning up after dinner last night. That was a special gift to me!”
My late husband Jim would sometimes put in a very long day. He loved it when I met him at the front door with a hug, and said, “Thank you for working so hard for us today!”
If Jim saw me at my sewing machine, he would grin and say, “There you go! Making something cute again!” And my heart would glow.
So in addition to being very intentional about expressing gratitude and appreciation this week, deliver the words about something specific in order to make the most impact in your relationship!
How’s it going? Are you finding this Radical Gratitude Challenge a challenge? Please share what has happened when you gave your partner a compliment. What happens inside of you? What was your partner’s response? Share with me on my Facebook Page or in the comments below!