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Gratitude vs. Appreciation

Monday, October 19, 2015



Sharing something I wrote in my BLC29 VIKINGS thread. Let me know what you think!

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My word of the day is "appreciation". Google defines it as "the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something." Some of the synonyms given are valuing, treasuring, high opinion.

I bring this up because I've been practicing self-appreciation about 3-4x/week for the past few weeks. In my journal, I finish one of these sentence starters:

I love _____________ about myself
I appreciate _____________ about myself
I appreciation my _____________
I have a gift for _____________
I am awesome at _____________

For me there's a subtle difference between gratitude and appreciation. Gratitude is usually tied to the past while appreciation is happening in the now.

To compare, here's how Google defines "gratitude": the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Appreciation: valuing, treasuring, hold in high opinion
Gratitude: thankfulness, acknowledgment, credit

At my meet on 10/10/15, I was grateful for my coach who was handling me. At the end of the night I moved into appreciating his commitment and dedication to his clients. As I type this, the way "appreciation" feels in my body is so much bigger, expansive, and radiant than the way "gratitude" feels.

Gratitude is my starting point to appreciation.

When we're making life changes, it's super easy to focus on how far we have to go. I know I tend to focus on everything I'm NOT doing and lose sight of the progress I'm making. Plus, it can be uncomfortable to toot our own horns, to brag, to celebrate our awesomeness.

But y'know what? When you start noticing how awesome you are it becomes easier to believe in your personal power. As you believe more and more in your power, change becomes easier and happens faster.

Best of all, appreciating ourselves feels good!

I invite you to think about gratitude vs. appreciation, and then list out of you appreciate about yourself. Would love to hear what you think. Is gratitude and appreciation the same thing for you?
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