College and Career

The Importance of Gratitude

June 21, 2017

Roses are red.  Violets are blue.  You appreciate me, and I appreciate you.


Unfortunately, gratitude is something that is often thrown to the wayside.  However, I cannot stress enough how important it is.  We don’t have to send someone on a month long vacation to a private island or eat dinner together by light of the Eiffel Tower to show someone we are thankful for them.  


Gratitude is extremely essential in all areas of life including personal, school, work relationships, and even with people we only encounter briefly, like customer service workers (believe me, they definitely notice people thanking them).  I know for a fact that I have a lot of people to thank for putting up with me over all of my years of schooling, as well as those that I see on a daily basis for my job (my supervisor, co-workers etc.).  


Additionally, gratitude can even help one get a job.  I have heard of employers not considering candidates if they do not send a thank you card after an interview.  Of course, this is not a staple with all companies, but it can’t hurt to send a note, just in case.





In the past, I have also given teachers thank you cards at the end of the year, especially ones that gave me extra help, or if I think they were having a rough year (or not) and would appreciate knowing that someone got something from their class.  Another important time to say thank you in regards to school is graduation season.  


Whether someone gave us a gift, attended our graduation, or just simply congratulated us, we need to show that we appreciate what they have done.  (My mother is also a firm believer in responding to people in a timely manner whether it be a text, e-mail, phone call, or letter, so don’t wait a year to send a thanks).  


Furthermore, being thankful is a Biblical concept.  Showing thanks is mentioned several times throughout the Bible, and is something we should work to implement in our everyday lives.  Even if we are not in the best spot with the person at the time, acknowledging something they did or just that we are glad to have them in our lives can help.




Giving thanks to God is incredibly important, too.  He is the One that gives us life and helps us through it after all.


1 Thessalonians 5:18 says,

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”


Here’s a couple more verses about being grateful:


Psalm 107:1 (ESV) “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”

Ephesians 5:19-20 (NIV) “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Thank you for reading, and please let me know a way you have been a blessing to someone by showing gratitude in your life!  God bless, and have a lovely week!



joyedwards Joy Edwards – Column: College & Career

Joy is a college student from Arizona. Her major is undecided, but she enjoys sports, photography, learning about different cultures, and spending time with friends and family. She is also Christian and volunteers with her church.



  1. Kayla Johansen

    June 26, 2017 at 10:14 pm Reply

    This is a great reminder, Joy! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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