Gratitude vs Appreciation

I have been hearing a lot of talk about gratitude lately.  Abraham Hicks has an interesting take on gratitude vs appreciation.  They prefer the world appreciation over the word gratitude.  They claim that appreciation is pure positive energy whereas gratitude implies a certain lack.  For instance, in this moment you are feeling grateful for the money you have but in the back of your mind you are remembering the time you had no money.  However, when you are appreciating the money you have you aren’t focusing on the possible lack of it.

What do you think?  Is it important to make the distinction between gratitude and appreciation?

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