I recently participated in a group discussion of gratitude and gratitude interventions. One member of the group talked about having difficulty keeping up the habit of writing in a gratitude journal. He felt that he kept saying the same things over and over. It turned out that he felt that gratitude was a word for BIG gifts like freedom. The rest of us experience a much wider variety of gratitude since we are able to be thankful for things like someone opening a door when our hands are full or someone slowing down to let us change lanes or the weather being just the right temperature to be outside gardening or rain starting to fall on our parched gardens or a child remembering to leave enough milk for us to eat cereal for breakfast.
We talked about gradations of gratitude. Should we save the word gratitude for big ongoing blessings and use the word appreciation or something else to cover day-to-day miracles?