In today's time, it is very important to show courtesy. Whenever we take something from someone or someone offers something to us, what do we say in reply?
Thank you! Or I am grateful!
We use these words in everyday life. But there are very few people who know the difference between these two words.
"Be grateful for your life, every detail of it, and your face will come to shine like a sun, and everyone who sees it will be made glad and peaceful. Persist in gratitude, and you will slowly become one with the Sun of Love, and Love will shine through you its all-healing joy. The path of gratitude is not for children; it is a path of tender heroes, of the heroes of tenderness who, whatever happens, keep burning on the altar of their hearts the flame of adoration." -Rumi.
If you know about it, then increase your knowledge by reading this article, and if you do not know, then let's read!
❖ Grateful versus Thankful
What is the difference between these two words? And, where to use them? When to use which word? These are some questions to which you are getting an answer in this article.
Read this article if you really want to know the major difference between being thankful and grateful.
Let's learn the importance of both these words.
First of all, let us understand the meaning of both of them by example.
● For example, if I said, dear friends, I am grateful for all the support that you gave me when I was admitted to the hospital.
● We forgot our pan card at the cash counter of a mall. We are thankful that we get it back.
What difference did you notice in both sentences?
It is not just used of a word thankful and grateful; these sentences also differ from each other in the sense of its meaning.
Like one sentence is having a positive feeling in which we are saying grateful, and the other sentence shows the opposite of positive thought where I used the word 'thankful.'
Understand this by more example:
1. There are many people who do not have a well-built house. I am grateful that God gave me this place.
Here in this sentence person is grateful for those things which he or she already has.
2. We forgot to lock our house yesterday night while we were leaving for a party. We are thankful that our house is not robbed.
Here in this sentence person is thankful that nothing bad happened to him or her.
Being thankful and grateful is an amazing feeling which develops positivity in us and boosts our confidence. This further helps us to achieve our goals.
"Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it." --Dalai Lama
❖ Difference between Grateful and Thankful
These words are used interchangeably by the general population. But from today onwards, I hope you will use them appropriately in the right sentence.
The gratitude factor keeps enhancing your life through grateful feeling!
"When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others." --Dalai Lama
We say grateful when we want to express our thanks for others, especially for one who did something positive for us.
For example, you will use grateful if you want to thank you to someone who helped you complete your project.
Gratitude is the feeling of appreciation felt by the person who received the act of goodness or some gifts, etc.
And the feeling is a creator of new aspects of one's life.
It is your feeling which drags you to give your two hundred percent in order to achieve your goals. If you want to make out the meaning of gratitude, then firstly, you should start feeling it for whatever you have in your life.
So, in the light of how greatly gratitude can influence your life, it must be your priority.
Opposite of grateful will be ungrateful. Let us take one more example. He did not even thank me for helping him in his household work. He was so ungrateful.
We say thankful when we are glad that something bad did not happen to us when we are happy that we are not in any trouble.
For example, you will use the word thankful if you are pleased that nothing wrong happened to you.
Related word to thankful is thankfully.
For example, I forgot to take my raincoat yesterday to my office, and thankfully it did not rain.
"I find hope in the darkest of days and focus on the brightest. I do not judge the Universe." --Dalai lama
❖ How it affects our life?
Saying to someone that "I'm grateful for you" really changes their life. It creates positive energy in us, which further drags us towards success.
Even saying that I am thankful to you can make someone's day. Try saying this. Try to be happy.
Also, be thankful for what you have; this is as important as being thankful for others. Feeling grateful for whatever you have will bring happiness in your life that you can not imagine.
Be grateful for you, for everything you did. Now I hope you understand the difference between thankful and grateful! If not, let us discuss it in brief.
Examples of using grateful:
I am very grateful for your work.
I am very grateful that you appreciated my project.
I am very grateful for a friend like you.
Did you notice grateful always need someone to express? But it is not so with thankfulness! It is from within.
❖ Take advantage of saying grateful - read these three tips.
⭕ GRATITUDE runs on the law of attraction. The more you will be grateful for whatever you have, and you will always get more.
⭕ GRATITUDE influence your subconscious or inner mind and make you feel happy from the bottom of your heart. And obviously, this is going to affect your health in a good way.
⭕ GRATITUDE makes you a tactful person. And being kind is something that nature love. Nature wants all its creatures to be kind and helpful to every other person.
Believe me, when you start appreciating others, your inner mind gets activated and store this data as a good deed. This will help you further.
❖ Take advantage of being thankful for others - read these three tips.
⭕ Thanking people for their good deeds provides us that positive energy that further makes us happy.
⭕ Thank you! These words help us to feel fulfilled.
⭕ Thanking someone boosts our confidence too!
❖ Ways to say thanks!
◆ You are great.
◆ You are a dear!
◆ Thanks a bunch!
◆ I owe you one.
◆ I appreciate it.
◆ You are an angel.
◆ You are too kind.
◆ Thanks a million.
◆ I am in your debt.
Well, all this is what I can tell you about thankfulness and gratefulness. But its effect will be seen only if you really mean it. You must owe your words. This world is beautiful but very small. Enjoy every bit of it fully.
Can you promise me that you are going to thank everyone who once helped you?
Will you promise me that you are going to feel grateful for everything you have?
I am sure your answer is yes! So, let's live life happily!
"Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love." - Rumi.