Gratitude for others expresses itself in so many ways — “let me count the ways” resounded by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in her poem.
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height…”
Gratitude as expressed love abound and takes many forms.
As Paul wrote “I do not cease to give thanks for you…” Ephesians 1:16
Since 1992, Doctor Gary Chapman has written several books related to The Five Love Languages, including The Five Love Languages of Children in 1997, and The Five Love Languages for Singles in 2004.
In 2011, Chapman co-authored The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace with Dr. Paul White, applying the 5 Love Languages concepts to work-based relationships.
There are also special editions of the book, such as The Five Love Languages Military Edition which Chapman co-authored with Jocelyn Green.
Words of Affirmation
In this love language, people feel most cared for when others open and expressive in hearing how wonderful they think you are, how much they appreciate you, etc.”
Acts of Service
In this love language, a person values actions which help, making the cup of coffee in the morning, or offering to do something, relieving the other person of some other task.
In this love language it is just as it sounds. Depending on the relationship and mutuality, this love language insure that love is felt, warm hug, a kiss, touch, a knowing smile, makes the person literally and figuratively feel loved when this is your loved.
In this love language, gratitude makes it a point to be together, fully present and engaged in the activity at hand, no matter how trivial. Putting aside the electronics, turning off the TV, looking into the eyes of the other person .
Glenn Close is quoted as saying “… we need to spend less time looking at screens and more time looking into each other’s eyes …”