All too often, gratitude seems overly transactional and justification-heavy—I have to be grateful FOR something. I prefer to appreciate.
I feel stilted and awkward if I try to express gratitude for the clump of bushes on a roadside median, but I can easily appreciate the green color and easy arrangement, the hum of my car as I step on the gas. I can appreciate the smoothness of a blanket as it slides across my skin, the blueness of the sky that stretches above me. I can appreciate the reliable hum of my keurig in the morning, the excitement of caffeine as it moves through my body.
It’s just a personal thing. I resonate more with appreciation than the “practice” of gratitude. For me, appreciation is simpler, visceral, and more intuitive, if that makes any sense.
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