What’s the difference, you might ask, between gratitude and gratefulness? Here’s an example: Friends brought soothing soups and multi-hued flowers to my dear friend two weeks ago to sweeten her recovery from major surgery. Appreciating their kindness and expressing thanks is gratitude. In contrast, learning what matters from the experience of major surgery, the anxiety leading up to it, and the discomfort during the recovery process is gratefulness. It’s a changed outlook on life, people, and the preciousness of good health in the face of adversity.
Gratitude for Gratefulness