“Take some time to reflect on your relationship and promote your own feelings of gratitude. These feelings can help you focus on boosting your own positive feelings about your relationship—and down the line, you may find yourself feeling more appreciated in turn.” – Amie M. Gordon
What to Consider
- How have you witnessed gratitude as a sustaining force in your relationship with God, with your family, with your community, or with your spouse?
- Consider what different ways you can express gratitude to a specific person in your life, not necessarily for what they do, but for who they are.
- How do you understand the importance of memory or remembering in the practice of sustaining relationships through gratitude?
- How do you express gratitude to your romantic partner? How does your romantic partner express gratitude to you? Where does your relationship have room to grow in its practice of gratitude?
How to go Deeper
- Carefully consider how gratitude might serve as a sustaining force in your own ministry. Seek your own sustainment by making a list of events and persons for which you are thankful, updating your Rule or Life to include practices of gratitude, or commit to praying The Examen.
- Have parishioners consider a person or group for whom they are especially thankful. Ask parishioners to write gratitude letters and encourage them to personally deliver their letter in the coming week.
- Host a Gratitude Potluck event at your church. Center the event on the theme of gratitude and provide space for testimonials and storytelling about sustaining gratitude.
- Hold a relationship enrichment event to continue the conversation on gratitude and the sustainment of their relationships. Share this research on gratitude and conflict and encourage participants to express gratitude to each other regularly.