The Power of Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude

Would you be interested if I told you I could teach you about a power that we all have inside us? This power has the ability to transform your life in the best way possible. The power of gratitude, when used correct, influences you to live a happier, healthier, more optimistic, and more prosperous life. Now isn’t that something you would want to read about? Its like a magic pill that answers all your prayers or thoughts! So let me explain the power of gratitude, and how it WILL change your life.

What Does The Term “Gratitude” Mean?

Taken directly from the dictionary, Gratitude means,

Pretty simple, yes? Showing gratitude means you are thankful for the things in your life. ALL things. Yes, we are talking about the materialistic things in your life, as well as the people in your life, your relationships with those people, doors (opportunities) that have been closed AND opened throughout your life, etc. 

You may be wondering how you can be grateful for the good and the bad in your life. Having said that, ask yourself if you have learned something from a bad situation and it has made you a better person because of it? 

Exactly, you CAN be grateful for things that don’t always go your way but the key is you must take the positives out of the situation. 

Saying “Thank You” Will Reduce Negativity In Your Life

Remember the days when you were young and your parents told you to say thank you to others? Did you know that this is one of the most powerful phrases we can say?

Saying thank you is a simple form of showing gratitude! When you say these words, more times than not, you mean them. You wouldn’t be saying them if you did not mean them, would you?

If you want to reduce negativity in your life, say thank you more. Show thanks to everything in your life. Be grateful of the things others may do for you or give you. Show appreciation but simply saying, thank you. 

Not only does this show gratitude, but it also reduces negativity in your life.

Having a grateful mindset allows you to block out negativity. 

The law of attraction states: you attract into your life more of the things you think about and focus on. So if you show and give thanks to the things in your life, you are attracting more of those things or people or opportunities into your life. 

How can you possibly have time to think negatively when you are so focused on the things you are grateful for? You CAN’T do it! You are so preoccupied, counting your blessings. 

Gratitude Improves Productivity

OK, how in the world can gratitude improve productivity? 

Gratitude will keep your mind open. Open to new relationships, new possibilities, and new opportunities. Counting your blessings, and giving thanks to ALL things in your life influences you to live life with a glass half full mentality. 

If you are grateful for every situation or every opportunity, you allow yourself to learn from those situations or opportunities. Even if they create a problem or challenge… you don’t see it like that because you know that with every situation or opportunity, you have the opportunity to learn something new. 

When we give thanks and show gratitude towards everything in our lives, we face probelms, challenges, and obstacles as an opportunity to learn and improve. 

If you can show gratitude in this way, you keep your mind open for all things new. How can this not improve productivity?

Applying Gratitude into Your Life

A popular question is, “How can I apply this into my life?” There are MANY ways to do this but I will share two things that I do in my life that have worked for me.

About 3 years ago, I shared this post on my personal facebook page;

The caption on this post is; 

“Do not worry about negative thoughts and do not try to control them. It’s ridiculous to say one does not have negative thoughts run through their head from time to time. So when this happens turn to something your grateful for and hold on to that. For me, I turn to my niece Lily. I picture her smile in my head, I remember her voice singing let it go, and i imagine dancing with her to “die a happy man”. That right there makes me the happiest and completely forget about negative thoughts. So next time you want to get rid of a negative thoughts, think of something that instantly puts a smile on your face. This little ray of sunshine will never understand how much she means to me and how much I love her.”

As you can see, this is something that I have been working on for a few years. I continue to work on this because as it states in the caption, everyone has negative thoughts. But when you make a conscious effort to change those thoughts from negative to positive, the less negatives thoughts you will have.

This is so simple and easy to do to remove negativity from your life. 

I also have created a gratitude necklace. Let me explain…

A few years ago I read a book called “The Secret” and I learned about ways to manifest gratitude in my life. I then created a gratitude necklace. This necklace is sterling silver that I purchased from Walmart for 12$. It is a very basic and simple, small chain-linked necklace but if you ask me what its worth to me, I would reply by saying I could not put a price tag on it. That’s how much its worth to me… its priceless.

So the reason I turned my simple necklace into a gratitude necklace… I take this necklace off every night and put it on every morning. Every time I put this necklace on and every time I take this necklace off, I say three things I am grateful for. 

This could as simple as;

  1. I am grateful for the roof over my head.
  2. I am grateful for the opportunities in my life.
  3. I am grateful for all the relationships in my life.

The point of this example is to prove how simple it is to show and practice gratitude. It does not take much time so why aren’t you showing or practicing it?

I start and finish each day with gratitude and that has created a foundation that I can work from. 

The Power of Gratitude

After reading this article, you should have a few ideas on how to apply this and start practicing right away! The power of gratitude has the ability to improve your life. It will influence you to live a happy, healthy, productive, and prosperous life.

When practicing gratitude, like all other things, you must take it serious and invest time, energy, and emotion. When saying “thank you” don’t just say it to be nice and think you are attracting gratitude because you are not. You must truly be thankful when saying those words. 

Show thanks by reciprocating the behavior to others. Be selfless and always be grateful.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. If you have any comments, questions, concerns, or if you would like to share a personal story about the topic, please do so in the box below. I appreciate all the love and support. You motivate me to stay active in creating HELPFULL content.

With Gratitude,

Joseph


44 thoughts on “The Power of Gratitude

  1. Thank you for making one realise how easy it is to be grateful and thankful.
    By focusing on the good and the positive, there is no space for negativity because we have so much to be thankful and grateful for.
    One should say it out loud and hear it yourself too. Thank you for reminding us!
    Stella
    Bush Lady.

    1. Stella,
      I agree completely! When we invest all our energy on positives… we have NO time for negativity. Say it to yourself and say it out loud, words of affirmation help speed this process up!
      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post.

      With Gratitude,
      Joseph

  2. I love this!!! I am a true believer in being grateful for everything even is some may not feel we have reason to be. I’ve always said its the small things and as I’ve grown older, I’ve learned it really is. This post is capturing and very well put together.

    1. Amanda,
      Thank you for the kind words! I would have to agree with you. The older I become… the more and more I understand that “its the little things in life.” This statement is true!!
      Thank you for reading and commenting on this post.

      With Gratitude,
      Joseph

  3. This is really interesting,informative and educative. This is a most rad for everyone. Many do not know the importance,power of gratitude and gratitude goes a long way which we do not imagine. I have learnt from this and I will strongly share this post to others so they can learn as well.

    1. Lok,

      Thank you for the kind words! We must not just think or say these words but live our lives in a way that demonstrates these words! Spread the gratitude with all!

      Thank you for reading and commenting on this post, and yes! Please do share with others!

      With Gratitude,

      Joseph 

  4. Thanks for writing on this subject. It’s very true that we can get good things out of bad situations. The military sent me to a school that I hated, and I was there for a year and a half. But if I wouldn’t have gone there, I wouldn’t have met my husband and would be Islamaphobic. I learned a lot about the middle eastern cultures and peoples while I was there. The school itself sucked, but there was many other things there for me to learn and experience. 

    1. Nicole,

      Thank you for sharing your story! I love that, even though you did not like the situation you were put in, you thought about the experience you had. You created a fantastic experience, and met the man of your dreams! I am very happy for you and want to encourage you to continue to look at the sunny side of every situation!

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post!

      With Gratitude,

      Joseph

  5. Totally agree with you on this one Joseph,

    I read somewhere on the Secret about the littlest positive feeling can bring a large impact chain reaction. I don’t really expect people to say that but it gives a warm feeling if someone were to say thank you whenever I help them out or open the door etc. There’s so much negativity today that it affects other people but if we were to take a step back and reflect on the things that brought us here, I think the world can be a better place. Just my 2 cents 🙂

    1. Riaz,

      Yes! I completely agree! Thank you for sharing your 2 cents because you are spot on. And that is our goal here at Manifest All Things… to spread positivity to all people. The world can sometimes feel like a dark, negative place but its not! Its the most bright, beautiful aspect of life! We should spread this positivity to all in hopes it starts that chain reaction you are talking about!

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post!

      With Gratitude,

      Joseph

  6. Yes, it is important to be grateful of things God has provided for you in this life.Firstly, I like to thank God for everything that I am blessed with in this life. Secondly, I never fail to thank anyone when they offer me help, do me a favor as  I know it is my duty to do so. I have an instant reaction, without even thinking these two words fly out of my mouth. I thank you for writing this inspiring article.

    1. Saj,

      Its great that you can do this automatically! The words, “Thank You” have a very powerful affect on the people around us. Continue to spread gratitude and positive feelings because you will “reap what you sow”. 

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post!

      With Gratitude,

      Joseph

  7. It’s interesting that you point out we should also be grateful for the bad things in our lives – not just the good things. I suppose we do all learn short and sharp lessons when the dark side of life rears it’s ugly head – and we certainly remember these bad times (in most cases we remember them clearer than the good times!)

    Very interesting article. 

    1. Chris,

      Yes.. we do tend to invest more energy in the bad things. We remember more bad situations or bad experiences in our life. But I want to ask you, why do you think we do this? When something good happens to us, we feel good about it and move on, correct? We don’t usually invest our energy and emotion into these positive situations as much as we invest energy and emotion into bad things. Why? Simply because when we don’t like something we invest all energy and emotion in that bad feeling. Saying we don’t want this to happen again, we don’t like this feeling, how did this happen, what can I do next time to not feel like this. Right there are FOUR questions I just asked. Spend less time on the negative and more on the positive.

      Thank you for reading and commenting on this post!

      With Gratitude,

      Joseph

  8. Gratitude is a mystery to some people. We have a family member that seems to think it extremely important to say Thank you yet real Gratitude seems to escape her. She goes through the motions, when she was younger, would get extremely angry when a thank you card was not in the mail for a gift given (from her). This family member is in her nineties now and still does not really understand gratitude. I believe this family member was very spoiled her entire life, not wealthy, but was never deprived. 

    What she wanted, within their budget, she always got. It is still the same. The other day, she noticed that a meme about Gratitude kept circulating on this monitor in the senior home dining room. She kept questioning it, and we kept telling her what gratitude meant. It really seemed to go over her head. I think a lot of people are like this, they’ve been taught to say Thank you, religiously almost, but the true spirit of Gratitude is not there. 

    Sometimes, I am thankful that I was raised poor, that I grew up deprived of many things that many take for granted. We are comfortable, not wanting for any essentials. My background and struggles are reminders to me for true Gratitude. Joseph, nice to meet a positive person like yourself 🙂 

    1. Madeleine,

      Thank you for sharing your story! Just understand that everyone is different. Every situation is different. Simply saying Thank You is just not enough. Real Gratitude is saying these two words and truly being grateful for what was given or done or said to you. There can be so many reasons as to why this specific individual reacts the way she does and that is her right to do so. As long as we spread knowledge and personal experience on the subject, we can impact an endless number of people. All you can do is try. Control what you can control!

      Thank you again, for sharing your personal story, reading and commenting on this post!

      With Gratitude,

      Joseph

  9. Great sentiments here, Joseph. I consider myself a selfless person and, whenever I think that I should be thinking of myself more often, I castigate myself,because that is not who I am. I am always thankful for the people in my life, who make everything worthwhile. I am not really a materialistic person and you cannot put a price on the people you love.

    1. David,

      I completely agree in terms of the people in my life. Look at the sunny side of everything. Learn from your mistakes in a positive, constructive way and you will become a better individual!

      Thank you for reading and commenting on this post!

      With Gratitude,

      Joseph

  10. Mostly, we all tend to underrate the power of gratitude, while growing up my parents taught me the benefits and necessity of having a grateful heart, reading your post has not only added to my knowledge of appreciating another person but has also equipped my personality. Thank you for this piece, can we get an article on “personality”?

    1. Olatoye,

      I am happy to help! I would love to write a post on personality! I have a special piece of information I will be sharing next week but I will definitely be posting about personalty! So stay tuned!

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post!

      With Gratitude,

      Joseph

  11. This isn’t an absolutely wonderful article. I think that the power of gratitude is easily overlooked by many of us as we race around doing things furiously without ever stopping to take stock of our lives. I think that you are right that we should be grateful for Thebes things we have and the things we don’t have.

    I know from experience that when we get things we want they can be too much and have the ability to destroy us. We can also be thankful for the things we don’t have like health issues or other problems. I think it is great to be thankful for everything no matter how small it may seem because you will actually realize how much good you have in your life.

    I think learning to be thankful everyday is a great way to make sure that you love each day to the fullest especially when things are tough.

    Thanks for sharing this excellent piece of wisdom!

    1. Renton,

      I completely agree with you and thank you for the kind words! I thought this was a topic that would influence readers to think this way. “Its the small things in life”. This quote is so true because we do tend to forget about that without stopping ourselves to say thank you for the things we already have in our lives. 

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post!

      With Gratitude,

      Joseph

  12. I also read the book – The Secret – many years ago and I’e been using many things in my life. 

    This is very important. Very important to live a happy life and those who live that way are successful, healthy and wealthy too. Your post will probably help many readers to apply gratitude in their lives. Thank you for this post and I hope that you will help hundreds/thousands of readers with your website.

    1. Gno,

      I am so happy to hear you have read this AMAZING book or watched the movie. I too have applied the things I learned in “The Secret”. It is Manifest All Thing’s goal to help as many people as we can to live that happy, healthy, and prosperous life!

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post!

      With Gratitude,

      Joseph

  13. The power Gratitude goes a long way, it helps to ease a depressed state of mind,Gratitude research has repeatedly shown that thankful people have higher energy levels, are more relaxed, are happier and are healthier. Naturally, these gratitude benefits lead us to the conclusion that being grateful has the potential to lengthen our lifespans.

    1. Seun,

      You got that right! There are so many benefits to showing gratitude. It has the ability to completely transform your life in a very powerful, positive way.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post!

      With Gratitude,

      Joseph

  14. I learned about gratitude in a personal development seminar a few years ago. So every morning I wake up and try to think about 10 different things I’m grateful about. It can be small stuff like being happy for some food that was good yesterday or some big stuff like being happy for having an healthy body.
    Thank you for a great post, cheers!

    1. John,
      That is so great to hear! I am happy you have learned the powers of gratitude! They really are life changing… aren’t they?

      Thank you for reading and commenting on this post!

      With Gratitude,
      Joseph

  15. What a simple but powerful message. The world is desperately in need of this, more gratitude. Love your example of how you have turned a simple bracelet into something that is priceless. Lots of messages in this story. We have been caught up in consumerism and accumulation of wealth and forget to be grateful for the really important things. Thanks for sharing

    1. Abbas,
      I really tried to simplify the power of gratitude for all. Take something so small and turn it into gratitude. This example can come in ANY form!

      Thank you for reading and commenting on this post!

      With Gratitude,
      Joseph

  16. I really enjoyed reading this one. I love your idea of the necklace and saying what your grateful for. There is too much negativity in this world and I think it would be a better place if everyone had gratitude. I would have never really thought of the bad things in my life to be grateful for until reading this and be reminded that I wouldn’t be where I am today if those things didn’t happen so yes I am grateful for those things as well. I hope this reaches alot of people because I feel it could change alot of minds positively. Thank you for another inspiration post

    1. Danielle,
      Thank you for the kinds words! I agree that the world needs more positivity! Have you all noticed how many people are saying the world is filled with negativity? I think it is ironic because the world itself, is positive and beautiful. It is us that fills the world with this negative energy everyone keeps talking about. My point is… if we can take a step in the right direction each and every day, the world will soon be its in natural form. Full of beauty and positivity!

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post.

      With Gratitude,
      Joseph

  17. Your article reminds me of Maat or Ma’at (Egyptian mꜣꜥt /ˈmuʀʕat/)[1] refers to the ancient Egyptian concepts of truth, balance, order, harmony, law, morality, and justice. Maat was also the goddess who personified these concepts, and regulated the stars, seasons, and the actions of mortals and the deities who had brought order from chaos at the moment of creation.She most well known for reciprocity.

    Thanks for the article

    1. Erick,
      Thank you for sharing this with me. I am not very educated on Maat so it is always nice to learn something new. Reciprocity is a fascinating topic that I will be posting on in the near future.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post!

      With Gratitude,
      Joseph

  18. We so often take things in life for granted until we loose them. Many people complain about not having this or not having that when if they would only look around and acknowledge the things they do have life might become positive.

    Showing gratitude is so simple, a simple smile on our face, a warm greeting and/or two simple words ‘thank you’.

    Joseph has really laid out out there for all of us to consider things we often forget to be thankful for in our everyday life. Thanks for writing this article and thanks for sharing.

    1. Barry,
      Thank you for the kind words. I do agree that we take things for granted. When we take the focus off the things we want and place it on the things we already have, then we can start appreciating things a lot more.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post!

      With Gratitude,
      Joseph

  19. Good article in which you bring up many good points! I recently went through some struggles, which at the time, made me think “why me?” but as soon as it pasted over I reflected on the lessons it taught me. I had a lot of anger and pain towards the situation but I try to practice gratitude daily and remind myself how it changed me for the better. I’d urge others t have gratitude for the lessons life teaches us, good and bad. Thanks for sharing what I think many people need to see.

    1. Nick,
      Thank you for opening up a little bit and explaining your personal “struggles”. Whatever the situation is, try and take something positive out of it and learn from that. Feed off that instead of asking yourself those questions that can take days, weeks, months, or even years to answer. There is nothing wrong with YOU. Always remember that and make a conscious effort to become the best possible version of yourself day in, and day out.

      Thank you for reading and commenting on this post!

      With Gratitude,
      Joseph

  20. Thank you so much for writing and sharing this amazing post about gratitude. Gratitude and positivity is diminishing day by day especially form our younger generations, main reason is too much screen time and social media pressure also that make their brain tired, overly competitive and negative.

    1. Sarah,
      Screen time can be positive too! We just need to understand what “good” screen time is. If we can educate all, collectively, then you won’t be saying that about the younger generation you speak of. I hope you stay tuned and come back to read my upcoming post on the myths of the “ideal” self-imagine. It is going to put a lot into perspective for many people.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post!

      With Gratitude,
      Joseph

  21. Hi! Thank you! This really is a great post! Gratitude is a key factor for a healthy living. And in our design, I believe it’s a need to be grateful.

    In the World we live, where so many negative thoughts can come to our head daily, we need to constantly remember the things we’re grateful for. But we still have the risk of putting things in the balance and have way more negative things in our life than positive ones. Or we may irrationally take out of proportion the positive ones to try to measure up to the negative ones.

    Being grateful doesn’t have to involve tricking our mind to diminish some things and augment others. We can view things in a realistic way and still be eternally grateful. We just need to add to our equation one key factor. Do you agree with me?

    1. Henry,

      Yes I would say I agree with you. There is a difference between being grateful for all things for the sake of tricking ourselves into thinking we are grateful and truly believing the words we say. Don’t say words in spite of or for the sake of tricking ourselves to feel a specific way. Say them with true meaning and true purpose. True emotion.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post.

      With Gratitude,

      Joseph

  22. Hi Joseph,
    I really like this post. Gratitude is something I try to practise daily along with LOA principles. Have you any stories of things you’ve managed to manifest in your life with LOA? I’m practising LOA atm so any stories would be really encouraging. I really like the idea of having a gratitude necklace and having a physical representation for the practise. You are so right in what you say about negative experiences. In fact there is a lot of science that says the key to healing from negative experiences is to find something positive/ or some kind of meaning in them. Keep up the great work 🙂

    1. Natalie,
      That is GREAT! And yes… I was able to manifest love into my life. I went through a period in my life when I knew I wanted love. I wanted to find someone I was going to spend the rest of my life with. So… using LOA I started with myself. I began to love myself. Not just saying “I love myself”, but truly mean it. I love myself, ALL of myself. The good AND the bad. When I think about the “bad” things about myself… I don’t view them as “bad”. I view them as imperfections. When I took my focus off going out and trying to find love and put it on myself and then spreading love to others… I was able to manifest the love I was looking for. LOA is VERY powerful and I am happy to hear you applying it into your life.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this article!

      With Gratitude,
      Joseph

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