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Tears of Gratitude Meaning

 What is the full meaning of gratitude?

What do tears symbolize?

Out for a walk at 37 degrees with my favorite songs! There might have been a few grateful tears that were flowing as I sang.

I could never in my wildest dreams have said my life would evolve just as it has, and I’m so grateful for every aspect of it. I would not be who I am today without each person, event, situation, medical emergency, IEP meeting, conversation with another parent and so so many more. I’m truly grateful.

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I prepare myself when I’m going to speak. To share our story, and allow the message to flow through me. Today it was walking around empty parking lots singing! Thank you Finding Cooper’s Voice and The More Than Project for allowing me to speak today!

Tears of Gratitude Meaning


What are the three stages of gratitude?

There are different ways to think about the stages of gratitude, so I’ll share two common perspectives:

1. Internal Stages:

  • Stage 1: Recognizing: This involves simply noticing the good things in your life, big or small. It’s about shifting your focus from what’s missing to what’s present. You might start by reflecting on daily blessings like your health, a warm bed, or a supportive friend.
  • Stage 2: Appreciating: Once you recognize something good, you move to appreciate it. This involves actively savoring the experience, feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, or the joy of a good laugh. It’s about immersing yourself in the positive emotions that come with gratitude.
  • Stage 3: Integrating: This is the deepest stage, where gratitude becomes a part of your core values and influences your behavior. You naturally express gratitude to others, act with kindness and generosity, and feel a sense of purpose and fulfillment. It’s about living a life guided by thankfulness.

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2. External Stages:

  • Stage 1: Feeling: This is the initial experience of gratitude, like a wave of happiness when you receive a gift or hear a compliment. It’s often fleeting but can be a powerful motivator.
  • Expressing: This involves verbalizing or demonstrating your gratitude to others. It can be a simple “thank you,” a heartfelt letter, or a thoughtful gesture. Expressing gratitude reinforces the feeling and strengthens relationships.
  • Living: This is about incorporating gratitude into your daily life. It can involve practicing gratitude exercises, volunteering, or simply being more mindful of the good around you. Living with gratitude transforms your perspective and fosters a more positive existence.

Both perspectives highlight the journey of gratitude from a fleeting emotion to a transformative way of life. Remember, there’s no linear progression, and you may revisit these stages throughout your life. The most important thing is to find practices that cultivate and express gratitude in a way that feels authentic and meaningful to you.

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Give yourself grace and remember we are all just human. As gratitude overwhelms you also know that when hard times come you can give yourself grace.

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