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Interested in a Christian perspective on this topic?

As Christians, we are frequently encouraged to express thanks for the blessings we receive, for example as passages in Ephesians and Colossians show, particularly knowing that what we can do is insufficient to warrant the grace of God. In relationships, expressing thanks, or more specifically, gratitude, for what one’s partner has done is an important act and helps to cultivate a close and rewarding relationship.

You may also wish to consider how you view your marriage. The difference between gratitude and indebtedness can be understood as similar to the covenant and contract perspectives of marriage. In a covenantal relationship, behaviors are valued unconditionally; whereas in a contract relationship, there is an expectation of reciprocity, in which one gesture is expected to be paid in return.

Important Notice: This presentation is  not intended for individuals who have experienced a serious offense, such as infidelity or domestic violence. These behaviors should be addressed with a couple therapist.

Expressing Gratitude

Reflecting on how you may have lost sight of appreciating your partner can truly enhance your relationship. This segment will provide questions and discussion to help you learn how to increase your feelings and expression of gratitude for your partner.

To participate in this module complete the following activities:

1)    Read our blog on this topic at the link provided here: Click here

2)    Take a pre-test below on gratitude within your relationship and write down your scores.

3)    Watch the 5 minute video below on gratitude (together if possible)

4)    Download and Complete the worksheet on gratitude in your relationship with your partner

5)    Once you’ve completed the previous activities, retake the self-test on gratitude, discuss what might improve your relationship with your partner, and compare your post-test results with the pre-test.

Step 2:  Take the pre-test.  Scroll down to take a self-test on gratitude in your relationship  (if you aren't working with a Hope consultant then type in "self directed" as the name of your consultant)

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Step 3:  Watch this brief presentation.  This presentation can be watched separately or together to learn more about gratitude.

Step 4:  Download to complete the Expressing Gratitude worksheet together as a couple:

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Step 5:  After completing the information learned and the gratitude worksheet together, scroll down and take the short self-test again and see if you answers change.  
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