I remember growing as a little girl being told by my mother that I should always be “grateful for what I have, for there is someone who is grateful with much less.” As a kid, you don’t understand what the definition of gratitude is. All you know is that there is something you want but do not have and yet you are being told to be grateful for it. Many life lessons taught to us as children, comes back to us as adults with a much stronger significance.
If you are a practitioner of the Law of Attraction or at least believe in the sense of it, then you have been told how important it is to be grateful in order to attract more. I honestly did not understand how gratification would help me to obtain the things my heart desired. So I went to http://www.google.com and looked up the definition of Gratitude.
“The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” Now that may be a bit of a broad definition for most people, like myself, So I decided to break down the definition in three parts for a better understanding.
1. The quality of being Thankful.
2. Readiness to show Appreciation
3. And To Return Kindness
What is a quality?
A quality is a characteristic or feature that someone or something has. Whether good or bad, quality determines the outlook of something or someone.
So what does it mean to have the “quality of being thankful”?
In order to be Thankful (or to be seen as Thankful) you have to express thanks. To have the conscious of being glad something did or did not happen. To be thankful of something or someone. Thankful of the Sun, Moon and Stars, thankful for food and shelter, thankful of your Family and Friends.
What does “readiness to show appreciation” means?
Again I broke down the sentence in two parts, “readiness” and “to show appreciation”. Readiness means to be willing to do, to be in preparation for. To be willing to show appreciation, to be prepared for it.
And the last part of the definition is, “To Return Kindness”.
But who do we return kindness to? To the universe? To everyday people?
Well, you should return kindness to everyone and everything you encounter. It is very hard and there will be slip ups, but it’s not entirely impossible. Kindness is a generosity of you, your spirit. And when you show kindness, the universe conspires to not only bring more people and things to show kindness to, but also situations to be grateful for. The law of attraction teaches us that the power of Gratitude has been the most important, yet most forgotten part of the formula. Yes, we know that if we Ask, and Believe, we will Receive. But what most people fail to realize (or do not know) is that The Law of Attraction main focus is energy.
Energy that can be changed and mold by our very own thoughts. When gratitude comes into play, we raise our vibrations to alignment of what we want by not focusing on what we do not have, but on what we do have and how that makes our life complete. Gratitude reduces negativity, Gratitude also makes us happier and more optimistic.
So how do we apply Gratitude to our every day lives?
1. When you first wake up in the morning, write 5 things you are most grateful for:
When you look at this list of things you are grateful for, you take the focus off of what you feel that you are lacking. It sends a message to the universe “that I am happy with what I have, it is okay to give me more things to be happy for“. In which the universe will comply because all it wants to do is give you what you want, good or bad.
2. Show your appreciation for the people in your life:
Everyone loves feeling appreciated. By telling a family member or friend that you are grateful for them and appreciate them being in your life, not only do you raise your vibrational frequency, but you also help raise their vibrational frequency. With heightened frequency levels, you will feel enlightened, light and full of energy.
3. Keep a daily Gratitude Journal:
Oprah Winfrey is the biggest advocate for Daily Gratitude Journaling. She has said to have kept a journal without fail for a whole decade. And C’mon, who wouldn’t want to switch lives with Oprah, if only for a day? Keeping a Gratitude Journal can change your perspective. It forces you to see the good in everything and everyone. And the best thing about keeping a Gratitude Journal is there is a plenty of apps available on the Google play, store and the Apple Store, if you are more tech savvy.
“And whenever you can’t think of anything to be grateful for, remember your breath. With each breath you take, you can say, ‘I am still here.’ Make each day a holiday of thankfulness—and give yourself the gift of gratitude.”
— Oprah Winfrey