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Words

Do you ever stop and think about just how much words affect people’s lives? They can encourage, hurt, motivate, fluster and even inspire people to accomplish great things. What many people fail to realize though, is that words are just that; words. They need an action before they become meaningful. What I mean is that you can say that you are going to open your own restaurant one day or work hard to become a career fire fighter, but if you do not actually take physical steps and work  at accomplishing those goals, then they are just simply meaningless words.

This quote really resonates with me because I would not be where I am today without the help of a lot of people in my life. I can say ‘thank you’ as much as I want, but this quote really helps me remember that being grateful (without any action) is just not enough. It is important that I continue to make positive actions every day that show the people who have helped me along the way that I truly am grateful and thankful for their support and guidance. I have not forgotten them.

Today just take a minute to think about the people in your life who have helped you get to where you are at. Think about how grateful you are for them and where you would be if they were not in your life. Now do something (yes, an action) that shows them that you appreciate everything they have done for you. It does not need to be something big (small actions are powerful too) but something to thank them without using the words “thank you”.

Sooner than later,

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19 Comment

  1. You’re right, it only takes a minute to thank someone and a thank you goes a long way!

  2. Kungphoo says:

    I never really thought about that, but you are right.. it does go a long way..

  3. I agree, words go along way! Always be grateful!

  4. Debra says:

    Love this! It is a small thing to say words of gratitude but has a big impact.

  5. Heather says:

    This is so important! I think its too easy to just say thank you, but if you do something an “action” like you said to show that person how much they have meant to you, it totally means more.

    1. Felicia says:

      Exactly Heather. People respond different to an action versus just hearing the words ‘thank you’. The words can become repetitive and lose meaning. Showing someone who are appreciative for everything they do, does not.

      The Tiny Professional

  6. Being grateful, without any action, is just not enough <<< something for me to think about (and act on)!

  7. Stephen says:

    What a great idea!

  8. Melanie says:

    This is such a true statement! Thank you for bringing it to light!

  9. Great post. I do forget to say thank you to my husband often. He does do a whole lot for us and we need to let him know we appreciate it. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Felicia says:

      Zulema, it’s not about saying ‘thank you’ all the time, it’s about doing small actions here and there that show him that you appreciate all that he does for you.

      The Tiny Professional

  10. Showing your appreciation is a great habit to have! You can never hear or say thank you enough!

  11. Nichole says:

    I LOVE that quote and this so much. It is one thing you say thanks, but it is another to live it.

  12. Liz Mays says:

    Yes, there are some special people in our lives that really lift us up! I’m very grateful for them!

  13. Gratitude is so important, I try starting my day, thinking about things I’m grateful for! It brings me to stage of appreciation which attracts more good things!

  14. Mel Cole says:

    Beautiful post! I really wish I could do more to the people who helped me in my life.

  15. It’s always important to think before you say something, you never know how words can affect a person.

  16. Sorry and Thanks are two small words that can set anything right. It’s just that we all need to understand this small but very important thing!

  17. Ashley M says:

    I read a study a while back that really resonated with me. Essentially it said that how happy you were had a lot to do with your gratitude. Both how grateful you felt on a daily basis AND how often you expressed that gratitude.

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