Did you ever consider the differences among “appreciation,” “gratitude,” and “thanksgiving”? Here are a few thoughts on the subject and a heartfelt Happy Holidays from Dr. Marcantel.
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I'm wishing you and yours a happy holiday season! We just finished Thanksgiving and it made me ponder on the words "appreciation," "gratitude," and "thanksgiving."
Appreciation is valuing yourself and valuing others. Gratitude is the state of being appreciative. Thanksgiving is expressing that appreciation for others.
So I want to encourage you, as I have encouraged myself, to VALUE yourself and others, to BE that appreciation in this world, and to EXPRESS that appreciation to others.
This is the change that the world so desperately needs now. Be the change by being appreciative, having gratitude, and expressing your thanksgiving.
Much love to you and your family on this holiday...
A plaque hanging in my kitchen says, “There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.”
A dear friend gave me the sign several years ago and it is prominently displayed in my home to remind me every day to reflect on the many blessings I have in my life.
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