'Gratitude' is a word thrown around frequently these days, so much so that at times we cannot be sure we use it with the same meaning in mind. In assessing how people generally approach the practice of gratitude, I've surveyed the members of the Toronto OpenIDEO chapter with the following question: "The last time I showed my appreciation was______. I did it by_______." The below is based on eight detailed accounts of gratitude shared generously by the members of our chapter over the last few weeks.
It turns out that the two most common modes to show appreciation are either verbal affirmation or through acts of return. Some examples include:
- Going the extra mile ...to show appreciation for an opportunity or for someone taking on your workload
- Treating the person to a gift or experience ...food and drinks are ancient ways of gathering and sharing something together
- Words of affirmation ...a genuine thank you, grounded in a PERSONAL message about the individual, delivered publically or in a special way
I want to thank those who paused, reflected and participated in this survey, for their time and brain space generosity.