The Psychology of Gratitude

The study of gratitude started very recently, around the year 2000. Up till then, most psychology studies were about the negative aspects of human nature. These recent studies have shown how incredibly beneficial gratitude can be to our overall happiness and well-being.

Cicero stated that, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all others.” Roman author, orator, & politician (106 BC – 43 BC)

Gratitude = Abundance

Gratitude is defined as a feeling or attitude in acknowledgement of a benefit that one will receive or has received. 

Gratitude can lead you to a life of abundance. We should be grateful for what we have, rather than what we don’t. When we practice gratitude, we choose to look on the bright side of things. Rather than complaining about an abusive client, be happy that you have work. Even though you may have had a conflict in a relationship, think of the wonders and benefits of having relationships with others. 

Look on the bright side

If you are not in a state of gratitude, then you may be experiencing scarcity. Research has shown that being in a state of gratitude can actually bring you more abundance and happiness. We’ve all met people who are constantly complaining about this and that. They seem to have a dark cloud hovering over their head. They may have a scarcity mentality, which leads to more of the same. Make an effort to think about how good things are rather than how hard or bad times are. No one likes to pay taxes, yet we all expect good highways, emergency services, and public works. Paying bills is tough, yet you should be thankful that you have been extended credit and have a roof over your head. 

Practice gratitude

There is so much to be thankful for. Make gratitude a practice. You can actually cultivate gratitude by practicing being grateful each day. Spend two or three minutes each day being grateful for your relationships, your family, a career, shelter, transportation, an abundance of food, public services, and the variety of recreations we enjoy. Live a life of gratitude. Thank others for their gifts and services, no matter how small. Be sincere in your thanks. If someone holds the door for you, look them in the eye and thank them. Many people have what may be considered menial jobs. They appreciate your gratitude. Don’t overlook them. 

Make a point to reply to people who took the time to write you, send thank you notes, call up a friend, help those in need. Your gratitude will repay you handsomely, in more energy, increased happiness, and a life of abundance. 

A Gratitude Prayer

Practice gratitude daily. Take the time to be grateful. You can recite a gratitude prayer if you like. Here is one that works for almost anyone. 

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

~ Author Unknown ~

What I’m thankful for

I am thankful for my family and loved ones. For the abundance of food and shelter. For an incredible life. For knowledgeable people who share their thoughts and imagination in books, videos, and articles.

I am thankful for everyone who takes their precious time to visit this site, and for those of you who have supported me in any way over the past years. I am thankful for your support as well as your criticism, which helps me focus on improvement. 

I hope all of you, wherever and whenever you celebrate your particular brand of Thanksgiving, have a blessed life and live in a constant state of gratitude. 

Wishing you the best of fortune, Randall

This article was written by Randall Soules, remodeling coach, adviser, educator, and creator of the Scientific Remodeling System, showing you better ways to advance your business, raise your profits, and improve your life, through the use of superior remodeling processes. If you would like to discover better ways to run your business, click here.

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