Gratitude: is a helpful quality for our spiritual growth if expressed with sincerity.
Kriyananda discusses two qualities relating to gratitude: the tendency to take for granted
and the tendency to appreciate.
Knowing that we have to get out of the ego, people tend to repress or hold back on natural good-will gestures. They feel that natural expressions of approval or support could feed the ego instead of the soul, and be harmful to people and as a result. People who do this tend to become a little cold or aloof.
Express gratitude to God for His many gifts, and most of all for His love.