The Gratitude Attitude

Gratitude is one of the most powerful forces in
the Universe. It may not look as good as money, a
big car, a palatial house, or the latest makeover
– in fact, you can’t see it at all
– but, as I’m going to show you, gratitude has more power to
change your life than all these material things
put together.

The dictionary tells us that gratitude is “the
expression of gratefulness and thanks” but this
doesn’t begin to convey its real effect. Here are
an alternative set of definitions.

  • Gratitude stops you taking your life for granted
    and helps you realize how many good things you
    have in your life.
  • Gratitude makes others feel better.
  • Gratitude makes you feel better. In the words of
    an Arabian proverb, “The hand that gives the roses
    always keeps some of the scent.”
  • Gratitude raises your awareness of things around
    you.
  • Gratitude is easy, quick, and simple.
  • Gratitude is an instant blues-breaker and
    stress-reliever.
  • Gratitude changes your view of so-called “bad”
    things.
  • Gratitude frees you from petty annoyances.
  • Gratitude inspires you.
  • Gratitude puts your thoughts and feelings on a
    high vibration level that in turn attracts back to
    you more things to be grateful for.
  • Gratitude nourishes the soul.
  • Gratitude is like compound interest on money in
    the bank: the more you put in, the more you get
    out.
  • Gratitude is a spiritual act because it
    acknowledges that the origin of all good things is
    a source outside ourselves.
  • Gratitude puts you on a direct line to God.

That’s the “what” of gratitude.
To show you the “how”, here are three things you can do to make
the Gratitude Attitude a firm fixture in your
life.

  1. Create a Thank Bank.

A Thank Bank is simply a place where you can jot down all the
things that you are grateful for in your life. You
can split the bank into different accounts such as
Family, Surroundings and Work, and then simply
start writing out your thanks until you stop. Put
your list somewhere safe and pull it out when
you’re feeling down and you’ll instantly change
your mood.

  1. Show Gratitude Quietly.

Don’t turn gratitude into a promotional or motivational tool.
Too much thanks is as ineffective as too little.
Instead, express your thanks in quiet ways: a
thought, a prayer, a one-on-one word, a note of
appreciation. Give people gifts of thanks that
aren’t bought at shops: a bit of your time, a
sacrifice, something valuable to you. Remember the
story in the Bible of the widow, who gave a small
money gift in thanks even though it was worth
everything to her.

  1. Always Replace the 3 C’s With the 3 A’s.

If you work or manage others, and sometimes
feel the need to use one of the 3 C’s –
complaining, condemning, and criticizing – replace
them with the 3 A’s of Accepting, Acknowledging,
and Appreciating. Accept people for who they are;
acknowledge them for what they do; and appreciate
them for just being around. Remember that when you
appreciate others, your reputation and respect
appreciates too.

There’s nothing complicated about gratitude. It’s
something we can all do. We so often don’t do it
because we forget, because we focus on the few
so-called bad things in our lives, and because we
take the wonderful things for granted. So change
your life.

Put gratitude just below your level of
consciousness, and every day will become one of
joy and delight.

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