“Gratitude has been conceptualized as an emotion, a virtue, a moral sentiment, a motive, a coping response, a skill, and an attitude. It is all of these and more. Minimally, gratitude is an emotional response to a gift. It is the appreciation felt after one has been the beneficiary of an altruistic act” (Emmons & Crumpler, 2000).
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The difference between happy people and unhappy people is their level of gratitude. When you’re genuinely happy you’re genuinely grateful for everything (the good and the bad) and embrace a positive outlook on a life full of light and love. However, when you’re fearful, anxious, hurt or simply unhappy could mean that you’re genuinely finding it difficult to be grateful for everything. Sadly, you’re embracing a negative ‘dark or dull’ outlook on life.
If you’re not convinced that you have everything, then put ‘everything’ into perspective. Ask yourself: what does ‘everything’ mean to me, and must I have ‘everything’?
Whatever you answered, my simple advice to you is to never let the things you want in life, make you forget the things you have. Being grateful for what you have, changes your negative outlook into a positive and all of a sudden, opportunities seem to open everywhere in your life.
Think of ‘gratitude’ as a muscle that acts as a leap of faith every time you use it. The more you use the muscle the stronger it gets. It can turn a negative into a positive. By practising gratitude, you can turn problems into gifts, failures into success and so on. Gratitude will bring you a sense of peace and happiness for what you take and for what you give. It’s the true essence of unlocking the fullness of life, as opposed to an ‘illusion’ of emptiness. The secret to having it all is knowing that you already do. Be grateful.
Practice saying “Thank you” for everything that you’re truly grateful for, no matter how big or how small. A ‘thank you’ conjures a positive feeling of gratitude or appreciation. A simple heartfelt “thank you” goes a long way, because it is contagious and promotes positive longevity every time you say it and feel it.
Gratitude can inspire optimism, idealism, unselfishness, happiness, likeability, good health, success, and spirituality. All positive things.
Gratitude really is a wonderful feeling and the best attitude for a happy life. My gratitude comes from deep within and I just want to share you with you some of the things I’m grateful for.
I am grateful for every day for the time on this planet earth. I am grateful for life itself; it has been my biggest teacher. Both my, spiritual and physical awareness of nature’s miracles and the universe’s magic and mysticism fills my heart and soul with love and light.
Lastly, I would like to say thank you to you for reading this, I am truly grateful that I have been able to express my thoughts and feelings on gratitude with you.