Showing Gratitude

A rather inspiring person once showed me this great video (if you watch it it will give you all the feels!). It has always been in the back of my mind in every encounter that I have; showing people how much you care really does make the world go round. Lord knows we need more compassion and love, as of late. With Valentines day tomorrow, it’s the perfect way to show appreciation and support for those around you that love you. Even if you’re not in a relationship, tell your family, your friends, hell, even your co-workers if you like them enough.

I used to that person who says ‘you should show your appreciation every day of the year’* and while that is most definitely true, I think it’s so rare that we actually put the sentiment into practice. This world leaves us tired, confused, emotionally wrung out. More often than not, we take the people in our lives for granted. We may routinely tell them how much we love them, but how many of us actually tell them why? How many of us express to our loved ones how much we appreciate them?

Valentines day reminds us to do just that and I don’t think that is a bad thing, especially in this hectic, crazy, ego-driven world that we live in. Take the time to really show how much you appreciate your significant other, your family. If you can continue the sentiment throughout the year, even better. But don’t let anyone make you feel bad if you take valentines day to spoil your loved ones. Enjoy the day, share your gratitude and remember how it feels, it might be the key to happiness after all.

*I also used to be the kind of person that complained Valentines day is so ‘commercialised’. Well, I’m not wrong, but that’s up to you if you want to spend £1000 on a giant stuffed teddy bear that recites a romantic poem, carrying a massive love heart. You don’t technically have to buy presents, nor do you have to spend a fortune at a restaurant. If you do want to eat somewhere fancy, however, eat at a local restaurant, not a chain, to help the local economy. Valentines day also helps small businesses, so don’t grumble!  

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