“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

William Arthur Ward

Gratitude, that warm sense of appreciation bubbling inside us, carries a vast potency. It’s like a sunlit treasure chest brimming with golden coins. But unexpressed, it’s a chest under lock and key – its richness unseen, its warmth untouched.

Consider this scenario: you’ve taken painstaking efforts to wrap a gift. You’ve chosen the perfect present, selected the finest paper, tied it with the silkiest ribbon, and then—you slide it under your bed. Never given. Never seen. It’s like a sun, waiting to shine, hidden behind clouds of restraint.

Similarly, unshared gratitude is a muffled thank you, a muted praise. It’s like a vivid rainbow trapped inside a paint can, a symphony confined to a composer’s mind. It yearns to leap out, to touch lives, to dance in the hearts of others. It begs for release, for the chance to paint the world with its vibrant hues, to play its melodic tune in the concert of human relationships.

So, let your gratitude out. Unleash its potency. Paint your world with its colors. Let the melody of your thankfulness play aloud. Don’t just feel gratitude; express it. Turn it into a gift shared, a present delivered, a joy multiplied.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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