Gratitude is perhaps one of the most popular tools used by anyone in the business of wellbeing. Whether you're a life coach, a psychotherapist, a spiritual guide, or someone's best friend or parent, ignoring the powerful effects of gratitude in the guidance you provide can be borderline irresponsible.
This week, on the Unleash Your Peace Podcast (iTunes, Website), we deep dive into this powerhouse of a topic as we explore the simple act of giving thanks from every angle we have time for. As we have set a precedent to do, we'll go far deeper into this topic than expected, in an effort to understand deeply and to be inspired.
Gratitude is the quality of being thankful. But how can this simple act of giving thanks be so powerful?
To answer this question, we have to take into account one important aspect of our minds: our mind cannot differentiate between a memory, a fantasy, and an event that is happening to us in this very moment.
So, what, do you ask, does this fact have anything to do with the power of gratitude? And I'll say, that it has everything to do with it.
To understand the powerful connection between the role of gratitude allowing you to manifest all your dreams and your brain's inability to tell time, we'll need to take a closer look at gratitude and then bring this knowledge together with what we've already learned about the universe.
Let's look at gratitude first. When do we experience gratitude? The answer is, when we have received what we've been wanting. Gratitude carries the emotional signature of already having what you've asked for. It is a high-vibration emotion -- a dizzying concoction of thankfulness, excitement, contentment, joy, and appreciation. When we feel grateful, we feel weightless -- our hearts sing, our faces tingle, and sometimes, our eyes water with tears of joy.
Studies show that people who experience gratitude will trust more, sleep better, think better of others, be more optimistic, feel more motivated, and experience better health.
From our second week together (Week 2: Vibrational Being), we know that we live in a vibrational universe. That all things, physical and non-physical, are made of energy, and that energy, in addition to being vibrational, is also magnetic. It is this magnetic nature of energy that is at the core of the Law of Attraction, because two things that vibrate at the same frequency will be attracted to each other.
This means that if you're feeling joy, and the vibrational frequency of joy is active within you, more people, things, and experiences that bring you joy will be attracted to you. This is law -- confirmed by quantum physics and active within everything in this universe.
Now, the inverse is true too. This is why expressions like "When it rains, it pours" exist. Because if the vibrational signature of frustration is active within you, more things that will frustrate you will inevitably find their way to you.
Now, knowing this about the way the universe organizes itself, can you see why gratitude is such a powerful tool in our lives?
Gratitude is the frequency of manifestation -- of creation -- because it tells the universe that you already have what it is you desire. And because your mind does not know the difference between fantasy, memory and what is happening right now, when you experience gratitude for something that you desire, the object of your desire MUST find its way to you. This is the law. This is how the universe organizes itself -- through matching vibrations.
Gratitude aligns you energetically and vibrationally with all that you have ever asked for.
So, how can you incorporate gratitude in your daily life? Here are a few suggestions:
- Wake up with a Thank You. Every morning, the moment you wake up, say "Thank you" and smile. You don't have to know what you're thanking for. Simply experience the joy of being grateful. The smile is also a nice touch. Your brain does not differentiate between a genuine smile and a fake one. So, even if you're not feeling great, smiling for 10 to 20 seconds while you give thanks, will shift your mood and raise your vibrations, setting you up for a much better day.
- Keep a gratitude journal. Every morning and every evening, list three things you're grateful for. This is such an effective habit that can shift you right out of a rut within days. For families, this can be a daily exercise, where parents and kids can take turns listing what they are thankful for at breakfast and then again at dinner.
- Remind friends of their blessings. When friends or family members come to you with their problems, see if you can gently shift their focus to their blessings. Introducing gratitude into a mix of complaints can dramatically elevate a conversation.
- Give thanks for beautiful things. When you see something you like (i.e., a beautiful flower, a bird chirping, stunning views, a comfortable chair, etc.) give thanks. Even such a simple private moment will boost your vibration instantly.
To learn more about gratitude, join me this week on the Unleash Your Peace Podcast (iTunes, Website) as we go deeper into this topic day by day. If you have comments or suggestions, do share them below.