The Power Of Gratitude
When the power of gratitude, thanksgiving and forgiveness becomes a way of life, all material and spiritual abundance vibrate in unison.
Wallace Wattles, in his 1910 work (The Science of Getting Rich) mentions: “the mental attitude of gratitude draws the mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings come” He goes on to say: “and if your gratitude is strong and constant, the reaction in Formless Substance will be strong and continuous; the movement of the things you want will be always towards you.”
What is gratitude?
The word comes from Latin, from the word gratitudo, which is the product of two well-defined roots: on the one hand the word gratus, which means “pleasant and grateful” and, on the other, the suffix tudo, which is equivalent to “quality”.
It could be described by those engaged in this way of living, as the feeling that someone experiences when a desire has been fulfilled or granted by God within the context of the universe. The experience of receiving is continuous when the practice of daily gratitude is continuous. The best example of this is the daily listing of gratitude statements in a journal. This can be accompanied with a request for guidance from your higher source and the intentional act of daily forgiving those who have offended you in some way or simply those who should be forgiven in your life experiences.
The conduit of our blessings sometimes is a visible, concrete person that we can register and individualize, but other times it is about nature, the future of the universe or something that is simply there to be appreciated, to be thanked, and that beyond our beliefs or religion, makes us experience a deep well-being based on living in the present moment.
Gratitude is the feeling a person experiences when contemplating a gift or benefit that someone has granted them. Gratitude is one of the most powerful feelings you can use to bring abundance and well-being into your life. No matter who you are or where you are, gratitude has the power to remove all kinds of negativity from your life.
Law of attraction and the power of gratitude
The law of gratitude governs all kinds of energy, attracting similar energies. Albert Einstein proved that the Universe is energy. Human beings are also energy vibrating at different frequencies.
By focusing your thoughts on giving thanks, and by being grateful in speaking and feeling, you are turning the frequency of your energy into the most powerful and sacred of vibrations.
Because when you express gratitude your thoughts are positive, and that makes you feel positive emotions. When you are thankful there’s no room for complaints, regrets, frustration, rancor or sadness. As long as you feel grateful you will be drawing powerfully similar energies into your life, which in turn will make you experience even more situations for which you will be grateful.
Why the power of gratitude works
It’s simply impossible to bring wellness into your life if you are dissatisfied with what you have today – why? Because the thoughts and feelings that come out of feeling dissatisfied attract even more negative situations into your life, circumstances that will make you feel even more dissatisfied.
Gratitude germinates on the conviction that human beings are incomplete and that we need each other. Gratitude arises as a spontaneous emotion when one is happy.
It has been shown that people who are grateful are happier and live longer than those who do not express gratitude. So, from opening your eyes in the morning until closing them at night, be grateful for a new day of life, for your health because you have a healthy and happy family, for the house you have, for your friends, for your food, for the city where you live, for your work, for the power of choice, among many other things.
Of all the recipes for abundance and prosperity in our lives, the best we can practice is gratitude. Because feeling a sincere gratitude for what you already have automatically and effortlessly attracts more well-being to your life.
That is why it is so important that you begin to appreciate and recognize all the blessings you have already received, even if you cannot yet see them physically.
Benefits of practicing gratitude
Mindfulness can help us to recognize all that is valuable in being alive and to learn to be grateful.
One of the key exercises of mindfulness (and of most contemplative practices) is to be grateful for all that we have to live through. And not only of that which is pleasant, positive or generating of well-being but also of the vital challenges that involve a certain pain or uncertainty.
But this deep attitude, which can only come from a sensitive, open and attentive heart, is not something that comes naturally to us or that we often practice. Rather, we seem to be engrossed in the daily automatisms we create in our lives. However, putting it into practice seems to be very positive.
Gratitude is being able to take a little distance from the usual, from the every day, and knowing how to be grateful, with humility, for being able to experience what we are experiencing, with full attention.
There are many ways to experience gratitude: surely it begins with becoming aware of what is good for us, what is there to nourish our spirit, and then we should rejoice in attentive observation, whether through a phrase, a bow or a deep sigh that seems to say: “Thank you, everything is fine”.
Emotion magazine mentions, in 2014, that those who know how to thank have a much better chance of creating healthy relationships with peers.
It increases our physical health
It makes us more respectful of our body and able to take care of it with attention, as well as not being too attached to the pain or to that which is difficult for us to experience as a symptom.
It increases psychological health
Fear, frustration and resentment also lose ground when we learn to be thankful, as a University of Kentucky research study in 2012 showed.
It improves our empathic capacity and teaches us not to withdraw into a selfish attitude and distant from our environment.
Helps for a better night’s sleep
A study published in 2011 in the prestigious Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being showed that people who spent 15 minutes writing down the day’s thanks in a journal rested much better.
It allows athletes to be more appreciative and kind to themselves, according to the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology reported in 2014.
Leads to better relationships
Gratitude strengthens your relationships and helps you build and maintain good relationships and feel more connected.
Increase your happiness
Counting your blessings leads to greater well-being, especially a positive mood (and who couldn’t use more of that?)