Attitude of Gratitude: 5 Facts to Be Grateful For

Has your fast paced life and heavy workload kept you from enjoying what’s around you?

When was the last time you had a good night sleep without having to take anything for it?

Do you recall the last time you took a few minutes just to savor the things that made you happy?

Here’s a simple way to add more richness, relaxation, and rejuvenation into your busy work-life schedule. Try incorporating a regular dose of “Attitude of Gratitude” into your day. That’s right: gratitude. This technique takes less than 1 minute to do and can boost your health and happiness with persistent practice.

First of all, let’s get clear on, “what is gratitude?” Gratitude, according to Cicero, is the mother of all virtues. He said that within this simple gracious self-affirming act comes a cascade of many wonderful inner human qualities. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines gratitude as: a feeling of appreciation or thanks. Scientists since the late 1990’s have studied this human quality and have found many health and happiness benefits with the constant practice of it.

Gratitude, according to Robert Emmons, the world’s leading researcher in the science of gratitude, explains that gratitude has two parts. According to him, “First it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.” Second, he states that it is “a relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.”

Here are some interesting facts about the practice of gratitude:

1. It leads to increasing levels of optimism and other positive emotions, which will eventually help you live a longer and happier life (R. Emmons and Sonja Lyubomirsky).

2. It’s nearly impossible to be grateful and feel envious at the same time. The positive emotion of gratitude cancels out negative emotions (R. Emmons).

3. Grateful people sleep better (Wong Wing-Sze, et al).

4. Grateful people tend to exercise more than those who don’t practice gratitude (R. Emmons).

5. Gratitude is an immune booster (R. Emmons and M. McCullough).

Are YOU ready to start applying this powerful technique into your life?

Here are 3 simple ways for you to choose from to begin your “attitude of gratitude” practice:

1. Do the 3 Blessings exercise, created by Robert Emmons, where you list the 3 things, big or small, that you consider being a positive experience.

2. Say more Thank You’s to people around you — especially when they seem to be correcting you. (A technique I learned from one of my Acupressure Shiatsu teacher, Caroline, over 10 years ago.) This made me feel less inadequate for making a mistake but appreciative for the potential for being better in my practice.

3. Just like the old saying, “Stop and smell the roses!” Literally stop and smell the beautiful scents of nature around you whether you are in your kitchen cooking up a quick meal or outside on your way to your car for an errand. Stop for 30 seconds and take in all the good around you.

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Gratitude Is An Attitude. Gratitude Is A Way Of Life!

The most beautiful and precious byproduct of the power of Positive Passion” is that it guilds a deep golden path of gratitude in our lives. Journeying on this voyage a person is able to dive into the infinite gentle, nurturing pond of self love and self care, empowering the regulating dance of the happy joyous gene expression, inviting balanced health into one’s life on a cellular DNA level.

Some of the essential indispensable ingredients of manifesting the ultimate lifestyle of health and happiness are having an organic aptitude for gratitude, appreciation, pleasure, joy and working towards our dreams.
Gratitude and appreciation go hand in hand. The more gratitude you have the more everything you want you will have. The word gratitude comes from the Latin word gratia, meaning “favor” and gratis, meaning “pleasing”. At times it also means three G’s grace, graciousness, and gratefulness.

All connections from this Latin root embody kindness, generous, gifts and the beauty of giving and receiving. When we feel grateful, we radiate a light energy of gratefulness and graciousness and we are moved to share the goodness we have received with others.

Gratitude has a positive energy. Positive energy has an expansive energy for health and well being. With regards to epigenetics imagine your body being a human petri dish. Now imagine each cell is like a miniature human being in your body and all of your cells are all talking to each other. Now imagine all of your cells bathing in this light healthy expansive energy of gratitude and talking to each about gratitude and being grateful for everything. Your body is having a “Gratitude Love Fest¯¯. Now in this wildly positively charged energy field that your cells are basking in, each negatively mutated cell of disease can be changed and turned into a healthy cell. Dr. Bruce H. Lipton, Phd, states in his book, The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles, ­­¯¯Frontier Science has proven positive thoughts have a profound effect on behavior and genes but only when they are in harmony.“

Many people consider Robert A. Emmons, PhD to be a leading authority on gratitude and he has researched gratitude for 10 years. In his book, Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier he states, “People who practice gratitude tend to be more creative, bounce back more quickly from adversity, have a stronger immune system. Practicing gratitude can increase happiness levels by around 25%“.

Living in gratitude encourages you to easily and effortlessly focus on what you want to achieve instead of what you are missing.

Gratitude is one of the most energetically, forceful, supreme emotional weapons that we can use in our lives to our advantage. It is the accelerated, stealth, graceful game changer for abundance, health and happiness. In the realm of quantum physics, observing something actually influences the physical processes taking place. Being mindful with focused meditation on gratitude will allow you resonate with it, meaning live it and be it, therefore attracting more in your life. Utilizing the Law of Cause and Effect, health attracts health. Happiness attracts happiness. Abundance attracts abundance. Love attracts love.

Emotion is energy in motion. Gratitude is the positive energetic magnetic force magnetizing to you what you want, love and enjoy.
Neale Donald Walsch, the author of the Conversations with God series, said it best “The struggle ends when gratitude begins.

There is so much power in having a love affair with gratitude“.

Being in a Constant State of Gratitude

Being grateful is a very strong method for attracting more of what you choose into your life. If you are grateful for what you already have then the universe will manifest many more good things in your life. The Law of Gratitude is a powerful natural law like the Law of Attraction and the Law of Gravity.

Why Being thankful for What You Already Have Will Bring You More
You need to be thankful everything you already have, what you already are, and everything you already do, before you can have all you want, be all you want to be, and do anything you want to do in the future.

How can you believe to grab more good things if you do not be appreciative what you already have?
Think of someone you might do favours for. How would you feel if he doesn’t really appreciate what you do for him? Maybe you will decide not to do him any more favours.

Why should you?
On the other hand, you do favours for another person who thanks you most sincerely and from the heart, really expressing his gratitude for what you do. Won’t you continue helping that person whenever possible in the future? You will do so, with zest, knowing that this person is genuinely appreciative.

What about giving gifts? When you give gifts, you should be giving without any view of receiving in return. You do, feel, however, the recipient to be grateful and acknowledge your gift in some way. If he expresses his gratitude, then you are more likely to give him more gifts in the future. If he is ungrateful or does not acknowledge your generosity, or never says “Thank You”, you may well decide not to give him anything else because he is ungrateful.
Well, it’s the same with the universe. If you are constantly expressing gratitude for what you have, the universe will be happy to shower you with many more good things for you to be grateful for. If you are not grateful for what you have, then the universe is unlikely to bring more good things into your life.

So How Does All This Magic Work?
Let’s go back to the Law of Attraction and the creative power of your thoughts. You are a human communication station, you send your thoughts out into the universe on a particular wave length, depending on how positive or negative these thoughts are.
Like a magnet, like attracts like. You attract to you the people, the events, the circumstances, the opportunities, the money, the car, the house, etc. that are vibrating on the same level on which you are transmitting your own thoughts.

When you are experiencing absolute feelings at the positive end of the scale, like love, forgiveness, happiness, and gratitude, the thoughts you are transmitting are vibrating on a very high level and you are now in sequence for the Law of Attraction to bring what you want into your life.

When you are grateful, therefore, you have opened up the channels to receive more things to be grateful for. You are unlocking the unlimited abundance available through the universe.

Why does gratitude have such a positive impact on your life? To understand this, think about how you feel when you are expressing gratitude. If you are grateful right now for something in your life, how do you feel? You feel happy, right? You cannot be grateful at this moment, and feel unhappy at the same time. So being grateful means you are happy, and if you are happy, then you feel positive, energetic, enthusiastic, relaxed, and optimistic.

Feelings of anger, fear, frustrations, stress, jealousy, either expire or are much diminished, when you are grateful.
Think about it. Can you feel both positive and negative emotions, at the same time? Can you? No, of course not. Which emotions would you prefer to feel from moment to moment?
Fixate on Being Grateful Throughout the Day
If you focus on being grateful throughout each day, being thankful for all the good things you already have in your life, rather than on all those things you don’t have, then you will eliminate those negative emotions that hold you back, like jealousy, unhappiness, bitterness, resentment, regrets, etc.
How do most people manage with respect to being grateful? Is it not a fact that most people live their lives on autopilot? They go through a regular day, without really thinking about what’s going on around them. They moan about this, they complain about that, they are never satisfied, they want this, they want that, and so on.
They are living their lives in a constant cycle of always wanting more, and convincing themselves they will only be happy when they have the new television, the new kitchen, the new car, the new holiday home, the new house on the hill, and so on. They are delaying that wonderful emotional state of happiness until some future date, which, of course, may never come! What’s wrong with being happy NOW, in this moment?

Surely the quickest way to happiness is being in a constant state of gratitude? Gratitude should be a continuous and constant flow, a feeling that never leaves you. You should be in a constant state of thankfulness in order to create the abundance in your life that is available to you. Spend a few minutes each hour being grateful. This is a simple activity, it feels good, and it’s fun. When you are in a state of gratitude then there is no room for resentment, jealousy, and other unpleasant feelings.
Your first thoughts on waking up, while showering, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, should be thoughts of gratitude.

This is a critical element in enjoying your life day by day, and moment by moment. All it takes to be happy now, in this moment, is to be grateful for all the good things you have in your life, in this moment, and in every moment! When you are experiencing this constant state of gratitude, and you are, therefore, continually in a state of happiness, the Law of Attraction is now clear to work in your favour because you are vibrating constantly at a high frequency.

By enjoying every moment, you are able to express gratitude. This means switching off the autopilot, being present each moment, being aware that you are alive, healthy, and conscious of the beauty all around you.

So accepting and building the attitude of gratitude into your life will help you attract more things into your life to be grateful for, and you will be able to have everything you want to have, be whatever you want to be, and do everything you want to do.

Be Grateful For What You Have Not Yet Received
When you give thanks for what you want in advance, you are transmitting very powerful signals out into the universe. When you visualize achieving what you want, with vivid images and dynamic emotions, and you express and feel gratitude as if you have already received, then you speed up the process of manifesting that which you want to have, be, and do.
Most people seem to be totally unaware of the incredible power that the Law of Gratitude can give them.