Have you heard people saying?
Why can’t you be more grateful? At some point in our life, we hear these words.
When we are young, we hear them from parents, teachers, grandparents. Some of us heard it as an adult from our spouse or partner.
Today we will be looking at what is the power of gratitude.
There is no doubt that being grateful changes things in our lives.
It’s all very simple. We all know when we change the way we think, and start to fill our lives with thankfulness, nothing else is the same. We start to change our lives forever, and they DO get better.
In the book the Secret we saw the magic of gratitude on a center stage with a simple formula;
Think of it then the universe for it, and it happens.
There are a few important steps left out here. (you really need to act on a few things along the way as well for anything to happen) But there is no doubt that the act of being grateful for the now, and for the future does help a lot.
In social engagement, it helps. We as a nation have tended to forget our manners. Please and thank you don’t get used very often. This is sad. We must remember that it is not only the word that counts in our favor but also the vibration behind the word. By using gratitude we show respect to others.
If we start thanking people around us for doing their job.
For being kind, for giving us something when they don’t have to then it makes everything smoother.
People are drawn to people they think are going to reward them for their actions. A simple smile goes a big way too. Smiling is an easy way to say thank you.
Especially if you can’t say it out loud. Try a smile on a stranger today. See, they are likely to pass it right on to someone else. By doing this we change our world, little by little.
Andrew was going for a sales job. He knew he had the least experience and the least qualifications to get the job.
In fact, he wasn’t even sure how he’d got the interview. What he did know was he was very thankful to be given the opportunity.
The interview went well, though it was impressed upon him that everyone else was more experienced in the role.
As he left the building, he slipped the receptionist an envelope. Inside was a thank you note for the man who had just interviewed him, thanking him for his time and for the opportunity.
That evening, he got the call to say he’d got the job.
His new employer was very clear. It wasn’t his qualifications that got him the job. It was the card. If he was able to thank him at this stage, he knew Andrew would be able to build positive relationships with his clients which is exactly what he was looking for. Being grateful won him the job.
Spend the next day thanking people around you when they do something for you.
Don’t make it empty words. Instead, focus on what the person is doing and then thank them sincerely. (to and appropriate level.)
See how this makes you feel, and if it makes you more open to gratitude?
I am not saying you have to burst into tears and start hugging your waitress passionately after she brought you some free water to your table!
Just try gratitude and make it a part of your everyday experience.
“Out of the heart, the mouth speaks”
Do yourself a favor. Take a look at what you say and do.
When we have more gratitude in our hearts uses different words that the person with little or no gratitude.
Like anything in life, gratitude is a learned behavior.
We have to practice until we have mastered our new habit of being thankful.
Gratitude is something that you will find easier the more we practice it.
When you get days that feel slightly cloudy or downright stormy.
You can try to generate a list of everything that you are thankful for.
If you can’t find some things to be thankful for, work your way through this list below and use it to make your own.
Things You Own.
Feel Gratitude for…(things I own.)
Feel Gratitude for… (my liberty.)
Feel Gratitude for… (my social networks.)
Feel Gratitude for… (my success.)
Feel Gratitude for… (life’s little treasures.)
Feel Gratitude for…(things I never expected.)
Find out what is the Power of Gratitude.
You can use this list as a starting point. Add any specifics you have onto the list.
A good idea is to pop the list on the fridge, a big window or even a board in your office.
This will remind you to be thankful throughout the day.
Soon it will be second nature and you’ll start to attract more good things to be thankful for.
In this way, you will discover for yourself what is the power of Gratitude.