Gratitude and Sensitivity: How They Can Lead to Greatness

Making others feel loved, comforted, and supported can lead to all things great.

Posted Jan 12, 2021

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Sensitivity can be a good thing. In fact, sensitivity can be truly remarkable, and the ultimate blessing for yourself and others around you. Not many, especially Americans, might identify with such a perspective. Be strong, be fearless, be bold, we hear quite often, particularly from leaders, motivational speakers, and change-makers. But is that the solution to success and happiness? I’m here to say it isn’t. 

Sensitive folks often have qualities and abilities; three, in particular, that drive them to be great, do great, inspire greatness, and be the soil in which others’ greatness can start to grow and thrive quickly. How? 

Sensitive folks care. They care about what they do, who they are, why they are that way, how it makes them feel and the list goes on. But this is not all. 

Many sensitive individuals, including many women and women who are mothers, are able to love, comfort, and support in ways that make others feel complete. (Non-sensitive folks might have these traits as well.) How they make others feel is so important, perhaps the most important guide to success and happiness.

These qualities, as I’ll explain, make others around them feel loved, comforted, and supported, which is especially needed by young children and teenagers as they navigate a tumultuous and complex world.  

Do you agree? If not, perhaps you haven’t discovered this yet for yourself. The qualities of being loving, comforting, and supportive require emotional awareness. This begins with appreciation—yes, gratitude—for having or developing the qualities (i.e. being loving, comforting, and supportive) yourself and then to recognize these qualities in others. At the same time, you can use your sensitivity to build empathy and better interpret the emotions and needs of others.

Most people who are sensitive beat themselves for feeling either too frequently sad, shy, sensitive frustrated, defeated, or another tough emotion. Should they though? No. Feeling emotions more intensely or regularly gives them a pathway, as I discuss below, to be social butterflies, inspirational figures, change-makers, and more.

Below are three qualities to appreciate that can make sensitivity the ultimate blessing:

1. Love

Making others feel loved is one of the reasons I say sensitivity can be the ultimate blessing. When you appreciate showing love to others, you understand that it is the soil in which others are able to grow and thrive.

Many times there are disagreements or tough emotions in even our closest relationships (e.g. siblings, parents, children) which makes this display of affection difficult, but continuing to show love is a good superseding goal. This is because it can contribute to social rewards, including more open communication, understanding, respect, trust, and friendship.

2. Comfort

Making others feel comforted is the second reason I champion sensitivity. If sensitivity means making others feel comfortable in their own skin, then you have triumphed in a way few others have. Triumphant in your impact on others’ self-view, you can feel the strongest version of yourself.

3. Support

Making others feel supported is the third reason that sensitivity can be your keys to victory, whether in your relationships, professional life, or both. This effect on others (i.e. supportiveness) usually develops, I think, in consequence of love and comfort. It comes as an added bonus but is so particularly powerful. Support for another can harness creativity, self-confidence, self-esteem, and belief that leads to success, happiness, satisfaction, and further appreciation for both the giving and receiving individuals.

Sensitivity can feel like a roadblock for so many. I’m here to say, if you appreciate the above three qualities, you can recognize or develop them in yourself—first and foremost—and then spread them to others as the ultimate blessing and rubric for success and happiness.