GAMES TO RESTORE TENDERNESS – GAME 3: EXPRESSING GRATITUDE

Husband and wife repeat the following sentences:

“I’m afraid to thank you.” “And I’m afraid to thank you.”

“If I thank you, you’ll . . .” (Say whatever comes to mind next.)

“And if I thank you, you’ll . . .” (Say whatever comes to mind next.)

“My mother never thanked my father.”

“And my father never thanked my mother.”

“My brothers never thanked each other.”

“My sisters never thanked each other.”

“I don’t want you to thank me.”

“And I don’t want you to thank me.”

“If you thank me, I’ll …” (Say whatever comes to mind next.)

“If you thank me, I’ll . . .” (Say whatever comes to mind next.)

“Nobody in my family ever appreciated me, and I don’t appreciate you.”

“And people in my family didn’t appreciate me, and it’s hard for me to appreciate you.”

“I appreciate you anyway just because . . .” (Say whatever comes to mind next.)

“And I appreciate you just because …” (Say whatever comes to mind next.)

“I’m grateful to you and it’s all right.”

“And I’m grateful to you and it’s all right.”

“You’re grateful to me and it’s all right.”

“And you’re grateful to me and it’s all right.”

“I’m so grateful to you for being you.”

“And I’m so grateful to you for being you.”

“You make me grateful to be alive.”

“You make me appreciate other people.”

“Thank you so much for being kind to me.”

“And thank you so much for being kind to me.”

“When I think about your kindness, I want to cry.”

“And when I think about your kindness, I want to cry.”

“If I cry, I’ll …” (Say whatever comes to mind next.)

“And if I cry, I’ll . . .” (Say whatever comes to mind next.)

“I’m so grateful to you and I don’t care if it makes me cry.” “And I’m so grateful to you and I don’t care if it makes me cry.”

“Thank you.”

“You’re welcome. And thank you.” “You’re welcome.”

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