Think of something in the past that you enjoyed, that made you happy. Perhaps someone threw you a surprise party, or someone gave you an unexpected gift.
Think of something that made you happy but which, at the time, you didn’t or forget to express gratitude for.
Can you see how happiness can exist without gratitude? That feeling happy doesn’t not automatically translate into being grateful?
The two emotions, happiness and gratitude, are relatively close when we think of them in terms of vibrational energy. However, gratitude requires conscious awareness. You can feel happy and be happy without expressing it verbally or inwards. However, gratitude requires expression whether that expression is spoken out loud or quietly inwards.
Happiness is a feeling whereas gratitude is also an action.
Now think of something in the past for which you expressed heart-felt gratitude.
Did this something also make you happy?
When you feel grateful and express true gratitude for something, do you also experience happiness? Yes… gratitude is a higher vibrational energy which will also encompass the energy of happiness.