“Thank you”, “gracias”, “merci”, “danke”, “xie xie”, “arigato”.
These are all words of thankfulness, whether for receiving a gift or for appreciating the entire universe.
An attitude of gratitude is an amazing power that gives happiness, hope, and strength. Gratitude transforms sadness to bliss, regret to focus, loss to gain, nothing to everything. It is one of the most powerful things that anyone can use to create abundance and wealth. Yes, this is gratitude.
Gratitude is the feeling of thankfulness or appreciation. The law of gratitude is a bit different however, because it states that action and reaction are always equal in opposite directions. In simpler terms, it means that being thankful for absolutely everything—the good, the bad, and the ugly—can create a highly positive energy in one’s life. The universe is reacting to your appreciation of it by giving you more out of life. So by being grateful for everything, you get a fuller and more abundant experience.
Some of the richest people in the world and in the past started with being grateful for what they had. In the classic book “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace Wattles, a whole chapter is dedicated to gratitude. In the past, Einstein, a renowned physicist, said “thank you” hundreds of times each day to his scientific predecessors. Today, an example is Warren Buffet, the 3rd richest person in the world, who still is grateful for all that he has been given and for all that he has achieved. He lives in the same 5-bedroom, stucco home that he bought 50 years ago. So, how can you expect to gain more from the universe when you are not even grateful for what you already have?
As you can see, by using the law of gratitude, anyone can bring about a positive attitude and abundance. Often times you see negative people complaining about what they don’t have. “I don’t have the car I want, I don’t have the house I want, I don’t have the job I want, I don’t have the health or the body I want, I don’t even have the life I want.” Wait! Stand back and think about what you already have. You will be surprised by how many things you can come up with. “I have a shelter, I have a working car, I can choose what I want, I can think and feel, I exist in this universe.” By being grateful for what you already have, you will feel more positive and content. You can go even further by saying: “I am so grateful for all my problems and mistakes, I am so grateful for all the mean people I have met.” Saying thank you to things that even make you feel bad tells the universe this: “This event is part of my life and I accept it.” In doing this, you can redirect your bad energy into becoming something that is good. All of this makes you feel great, because you realize you have more than enough. Not only that but you won’t have to waste the time and the energy focusing on things that make you feel bad. When you are truly feeling good about what you have, you are finally able to focus on what you truly want.
Here are two exercises I find to be quite beneficial in bringing about an attitude of gratitude:
* The first is a fairly simple activity that can help you stay grateful and focused. You make a list of as many things as you can think of that you are grateful for. I’d recommend a list that can fit on one piece of paper. So for example, number one on that list can be: I am so happy and grateful for my existence. Number two could be: I am so happy and grateful for my family, and so forth. Then you would take that list and put it somewhere you go to and/or see everyday. Thus, everyday you will be able to reaffirm the things you are grateful for. One place you could put it is by your toothbrush, so while you are brushing your teeth in the morning you can read over all the things you are grateful for.
* The second activity is done every morning when you wake up. It is an incredibly refreshing and clarifying endeavor that gives you a strong focus for your entire day. I really like this one, because it doesn’t require you to write anything down. Once you wake up in the morning, you begin by saying thank you for as many things as you can think of. When your foot touches the ground from stepping out of bed, say “thank you”. For each step you take, say “thank you”. As you act your daily morning habits like washing your face or changing, keep reiterating: I am so happy and grateful for…so-and-so or thank you for so-and-so. Use that list from the first activity to help you out if you need to. Other than just saying gratitude, you have to actually feel it. So think, act, and feel grateful using these activities. Hopefully they will help you as much as they have helped me.
The beauty of gratitude is that no matter what situation you are in right now, whether you are the richest person in the world or the poorest, you can be grateful for something. Just a small act of thankfulness will have some impact on your life, as it creates a sense of contentment. Everyone has the capability of achieving their dreams, being wealthy and abundant, and feeling happy. But, you have to start with being grateful for what you have right now at this moment. It may only be your life that you can be grateful for, but that is more than enough. It’s about time we all take up an “attitude of gratitude”. Being grateful for everything now—the good, the bad, and the ugly—will really help you appreciate how amazing life really is.
Melodie Beattie once said “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
© Timothy Huang