Thankful vs. Grateful

A good one for Thanksgiving from the Archives of TGIF 2 Minutes….

Bottom line: being Thankful and Grateful are both positive things.

Simply saying “Thank you” out loud is hard to do without smiling either inwardly or outwardly. Try it! But say, “I am grateful for X” whether it is for a person, place, or thing, and it likely brings a deeper feeling. Perhaps that is why in the science of happiness – yes, there is a whole branch of science around happiness – the concept of gratitude is central.

Thankfulness to includes being simply “conscious of benefits received” versus gratefulness which involves a deeper “[appreciation] for benefits received”.
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In quickly researching the concept I found descriptions of thankfulness to include being simply “conscious of benefits received” versus gratefulness involving a deeper “[appreciation] for benefits received”.** Both feelings – consciousness and appreciation – can be powerful in a huge way. Taking it a step further and relating these feelings to our financial lives, knowing what we are truly grateful for can aid in long-term financial planning. Think: house, geography, job specifications, children (or not), travel, major purchases.

Thanksgiving is a one-day holiday dedicated to both thankfulness and gratefulness. Often Thanksgiving extends over the weekend with enlightened companies giving their people an extra day off on the Friday.

The family aspects of Thanksgiving can be both funny and frustrating. (*Note: in 2020 there will be frustrations abound.) But usually something – if not family, then perhaps sports, a friendship or relationship – is worth a feeling of gratefulnessUse that positive energy to propel you in planning and in life.

I am grateful to my clients who place their trust in me to give them advice regarding their financial lives and their biggest personal and business decisions. I am grateful to YOU, my loyal readers of TGIF 2 Minutes. And I am grateful to my family for their love and unending patience.

Safe travels and Stay Safe & Strong.

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Thank you for reading, Happy Thanksgiving and TGIF!

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