We learned to thank the saleswoman in the bakery when she gave us candy. A passerby who returned the ball to us. Thank you for this, thanks for that - all the well-bred people say this without hesitation. However, true gratitude is worth a lot more effort. First of all, because it puts us in a weak position in relation to the other. We recognize that we needed another person, depended on him, which means that we also recognize that we are not self-sufficient and can feel indebted to him. But thanks are needed for emotional balance. Expressing gratitude to another, we will long enjoy satisfaction and joy.
Expressing gratitude to another, we will long enjoy satisfaction and joy
The philosopher Martin Buber called it the “I-you” meeting. Expressing gratitude, we leave ourselves and jump into the unknown of the meeting, overcoming our own limits. This frankness teaches us what we did not know about ourselves, because we were not sufficiently open, meeting ourselves. "To move towards another, you need to know the starting point well. You need to know yourself and be with you, "Martin Buber wrote. Gratitude is movement outside of ourselves, toward another, which ennobles and elevates us.