Gratitude is so life-giving! I experienced this firsthand recently when I had a chance to deliver some groceries to some home-bound seniors (through a non-profit that I am connected to via my art). I had not met either of these people before, but in spite of my being a stranger, each one reached out to me in an incredibly warm and effusive way and was so grateful for my stopping by. It made my spirit happy just witnessing their responses. What some might look upon as a simple act, they looked at as a huge gift to receive. This is key, I think.
Their perspective on this "simple act" and the gratitude it spawned reminded me of something I recently wrote about loving to see people operate out of an awakened, alive place. This kind of energy is like a sweet aroma that reaches out and touches your spirit.