Of course “Thursday Thoughts” falls on Thanksgiving…since it’s always on a Thursday…awesome! What better way to share a few thoughts than on Thanksgiving? 🙂 I’m just going to write whatever comes to mind, because I have SO much to be thankful for…AND to be GRATEFUL for! So what’s the difference, between being thankful and being grateful? Not much, but I thought it was intriguing enough to look into.
According to Merriam-Webster, here are the separate definitions
Full Definition of THANKFUL
Full Definition of GRATEFUL
b : expressing gratitude <grateful thanks>
b : pleasing by reason of comfort supplied or discomfort alleviated
So while they are very similar, I get the impression that thankfulness is being appreciative of a more temporary or itemized instance, like the example they give: “thankful that it didn’t rain”. And while they both recognized the expression of giving thanks, I like this definition for being grateful: “affording pleasure or contentment”; I then clicked on “affording” and it states “to be able to bear, pay for, supply or provide”, which in context sounds like the attitude of gratitude (I love that phrase, don’t you?) can be embodied by both the giver and the receiver.