“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” – William Faulkner
Why be grateful?
It is very easy for us to restrict positive feelings and actions to certain seasons : Ramadan, Christmas etc. and then ignore them for the rest of the year. The range of positive feelings and actions, including gratitude, at Christmas. And some of my Muslim readers may do something similar during Ramadan.
Gratitude is not simply for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Ramadan. It should be something we all practice every day.
Why I ask this question “why be grateful?”, how did that make you feel? I would expect many readers immediately to think of things for which they are very grateful, even if it is “only” for the gift of life. But others may have felt something negative. We all experience low periods in our lives at some point, and if I happened to catch you in a low point in your life you may have reacted by thinking of all the bad things that have happened to you recently. You may be tempted to say something like “it’s all very well for you to tell me I should be grateful, but you don’t know what I am going through right now!”. If that is you, let me say that you are quite right. I do not know what you are going through, but I am really sorry you have to face it and I will hold you in the Light. But also I can assure you that if you sit still, take a deep breath, and calm your mind you will find lots of things for which you should be grateful.
“Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” Denis Waitley
Assuming you have now identified the many things for which you should be grateful, let me ask you another question. Why do you need to be grateful at all? Why not just accept those things as your right and not bother to be grateful at all?
If you are at all religious you may simply say that God, or whatever else you may call the Supreme Being, requires this of you.
OK, that may be true, but I think it is also a bit of a cop out. Is there any logical reason for being grateful, above and beyond what your religion may say?
There are many good reasons to express gratitude.
Firstly, if you express your gratitude out loud, to whoever deserves it, this can have tremendously positive results. Positive feedback encourages the person who has done something good to do even more good. Many people can then benefit from this, including perhaps yourself as well. All for the small “cost” of saying thank you in a way that shows you genuinely mean it. The world in which we live can be almost hell on earth or heaven on earth, often simply from the way people around us behave. Your “thank you” to one of those people can be infectious, changing not only the way that person behaves but also the behaviour of the people around them too. So the end result of your simple expression of gratitude could turn someone’s hell into heaven.
Secondly, whether or not you say “thank you” out loud, if you feel really grateful for something this will be noted by your subconscious. Now that subconscious is a very powerful entity. If it recognizes that you are grateful for something it will try to give you more of it.
From The Secret Daily Teachings To understand the power and the magic of gratitude, you have to experience it for yourself. So why not begin by deciding to find 100 things a day to be grateful for? If you practice gratitude every day it won’t take long before gratitude is your natural state of being, and when that happens you will have unlocked one of the greatest secrets to life. May the joy be with you, Rhonda Byrne
Just think a little about this second reason. Think about some of the things for which you are grateful. How would you like to have even more? Isn’t that a good feeling, knowing that all the good things you have in your life can keep growing and attract other, similar good things to you?
I encourage you to list all the things for which you should be grateful. Try that now. This should be a really long list. If it is not, then there is something very wrong. Now look at each item on the list and imagine having more of it or attracting to you something else that is very similar. Then remind yourself that if you keep expressing gratitude for this thing, that is exactly what will happen. Your life will get better and better. Isn’t that a great reason to be grateful?
Try this today, right now! Start expressing your gratitude and see what a difference it makes in your life!
Begin your day by feeling grateful. Be grateful for the bed you just slept in, the roof over your head, the carpet or floor under your feet, the running water, the soap, your shower, your toothbrush, your clothes, your shoes, the refrigerator that keeps your food cold, the car that you drive, your job, your friends. Be grateful for the stores that make it so easy to buy the things you need, the restaurants, the utilities, services, and electrical appliances that make your life effortless. Be grateful for the magazines and the books that you read. Be grateful for the chair that you sit on, and the pavement that you walk on. Be grateful for the weather, the sun, the sky, the birds, the trees, the grass, the rain, and the flowers. Thank you, thank you, thank you! May the joy be with you, Rhonda Byrne
Life is The Sum of All Our Choices – Albert Camus