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;
- I am grateful for the roof over my head.
- I am grateful for the opportunities in my life.
- 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.
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