The Power Of

Gratitude

Thank You is probably one of the universal phrases that gives meaning to life. It is an everyday thing – it transcends culture, race, tradition, gender, status, language, and age.

No matter how you see it, expressing gratitude to someone for something – be it a thing, a person, an event or even a simple deed, speaks of a person’s predisposition to life as they acknowledge something good received.

Gratitude knows neither boundaries nor limits. It does not take too much effort or time to express it but its impact can last from a few hours to a lifetime; hence The Power of Gratitude.

Being grateful is a personal act of conviction that often leads to having a positive outlook of life, for a person’s point of view in life depends largely on how he/she perceives things, events, people or anything that comes his/her way. As you can imagine, gratitude goes hand in hand with having a positive attitude which helps you process matters in a lighter way even when things are not going the way you expect them to.

Having a grateful heart will always help you cope with the complexities of your life. Yet, many still wonder if it’s possible to be grateful for the challenges that show up in one’s life every now and then… Can we –somehow- be thankful for a tragedy that has impacted our lives forever?

This is a very personal decision; some people are, some others are not. Keep on reading for you to lean how gratitude can help in difficult circumstances and so you can arrive at your own conclusion…

How Does the Power of Gratitude Work?

Each one of us has a good number of reasons to be grateful for, every single day. Waking up in the morning and realizing that we are breathing, alive, and for the most part, healthy is the first one.

This may seem simple –or even trivial- however, let’s look at the bigger picture… Being in that position, it means we have been given the opportunity to do something of value, to rectify the mistakes committed yesterday, to be creative and contribute to your community, to go to work and to enjoy your family, among other things. It also gives you the possibility to meet new people and do some good for society and even the world at large. And, it gives you the option to learn a thing or two which can help you cope with challenges and improve your life in one way or another.

Thus, be grateful for having been given another day!

And then, every once in a while, we encounter circumstances that were not expected. This is when the Power of Gratitude makes itself obvious, as being grateful can mark the difference between feeling miserable or experiencing an overall pleasant life.

For someone who is used to being thankful only for the good things in life, physical and psychological symptoms of brokenness may take over when a challenge or sad moment inevitable arises as part of life. Mental anguish, panic, anxiety, fear, and a variety of physical symptoms may manifest, and when not dealt with properly, these can lead to more serious health problems once the heart and the mind have been compromised.

The grateful person, on the other hand, takes things from a different perspective. From this position, one is able to see the blessing in disguise that comes through some adversities. For instance, you have most likely heard of a single mother who lost her job and just when everything seemed lost, she found a better opportunity that will allow her to provide better for her children.

As a grateful woman, she did not allow for her world to crumble. She strived to rise above the situation. Her emotions were kept in balance, and her logical processes in check. What seemed like devastation at first, turned out to be a shift toward a better direction in life… this is what a blessing in disguise looks like!

We can all cultivate this kind of attitude for the difficult moments in life by only realizing that expressing gratitude doesn’t come from the mind but from the heart. From this premise alone you can determine the Power of Gratitude and the impact it can have in your life.

As an added benefit, let’s consider the metaphysical viewpoint of gratitude. The grateful person emits positive vibrations, which in turn attract more positive experiences to their life. If you follow law of attraction principles in your life, you already know how powerful this can be!

I invite you to listen to Dr. Deepak Chopra’s mini meditation on The Power of Gratitude… less than 3 minutes that will leave you with a smile on your face… promise! 🙂

Points to Consider on The Power of Gratitude

  • When you are grateful you are treating yourself well

    Gratefulness does not prevent or discard difficult situations in life – rather accepts them and allows for a more firm resolve and will to face them and make the nest of of them. Being grateful also enhances your ability to solve problems logically while keeping your heart engaged to give you comfort as you move along the experience.

  • Gratitude is a transformative trait

    Once you adopt a grateful state of being, your life is likely to be changed forever. You will exude an aura that soothes and calms others, even without you being aware or others knowing why. You will unconsciously decline abrasiveness, rudeness and aggressiveness because you will be able to see beyond things, people and events. You will be able to remain serene and be compasionate toward those that have not reached the state of being that you have. You will smile often. When you choose to be grateful, you make it a habit to accept and think of situations as gifts, no matter what they bring; and, when experiences are taken as gifts that present themselves to teach you something, you will always welcome them.

  • Gratitude is more powerful when things are not bright

    A grateful heart is not choosy. Instead, it warmly welcomes anything that comes along, embraces the lessons and, like a triumphant warrior, moves forward much stronger and firmer than before. In deep retrospection and reflection, gratitude is a powerful armor against false pride, anger and bitterness – the things that corrode a one’s personality.

Gratitude often brings the best out of people. Grateful people are humble, caring, kind, and considerate. They are optimistic in nature and usually live happier lives. This is why cultivating and practicing gratefulness is to your benefit; it is a vital element for your self-growth. This is where the power of gratitude lays.

There are simple practices that we can engage in to help us cultivate gratitude. Discover a handful of them by downloading “Be Grateful… Thanks!” a free report, courtesy of Tools for Abundance and the Abundance4Me ezine. I am grateful for you. I Thank You for being here and for being a faithful subscriber.