Excerpt from Emotional Awareness pp. 211-215 Ekman: I would like to mention two other emotions that I think are relevant to the development of compassion.
Often, though not always, when someone is thanked profusely, especially if it is done while others are present, the person being thanked can become overwhelmed and speechless, and tears may flow.
The person who is expressing thanks feels, “gratitude,” but should we use the same word for the person being thanked? Certainly that person is grateful for being thanked, for being acknowledged.Read more on paulekman.com