Manifesting with the law of attraction is all about maintaining a positive attitude to attract good things in life. And, what else can accomplish the task better than the feeling of gratitude?
Numerous research and studies have proved the positive influence of gratitude on general well-being, physical and mental health. Practicing gratitude is considered the essential ingredient for living a mindful life.
Gratitude is known to help enjoy good experiences, deal with adversity, and build healthy and strong relationships. It brings forth the best attributes in oneself as well as in those around us.
With the benefits piling up so high for gratitude, isn’t it obvious and simple to express gratitude and enjoy its perks?
This article delves deep into the topic of gratitude to understand how it can help you manifest your dreams.
What is gratitude?
The dictionary defines gratitude as “a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation”. The word is derived from the Latin word gratia, which, depending on the context, means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness.
Gratitude is a feeling that encompasses a bunch of similar upbeat emotions. The expression of gratitude not only recognizes the source of benevolence or good gesture but also acknowledges the existence of the same in one’s own life, thus benefiting both.
Being grateful is also an affirmation of the existence of goodness in the world and our own lives. And a form of acceptance that these good happenings/things in our life came from an external source.
Through gratitude, we are acknowledging the presence of a higher power or the Universe.
Gratitude is also an instrument used for “paying it forward”. That is, repay the good deed received with kindness to someone else. The feeling of gratitude passed on from person to person forms a virtuous circle, ultimately making the world a better place.
Why is gratitude good?
Gratitude has proven to invoke a host of optimistic reactions. The benefits of being thankful can be felt in various aspects of our lives including, psychological, physical, and social wellbeing.
- Ability to feel more happiness and optimism
- Better ability to experience pleasure and pure joy
- Fills the heart with positive emotions
- Feels more alert, attentive, and alive
- Better immune system
- Lesser ailments like pains and aches
- Better sleep and waking up refreshed
- Less chance of falling sick and faster recovery
- More friendly and sociable
- More forgiving and kind
- More generous and compassionate
- Less isolated and alone
Why is it important to practice gratitude?
Besides the numerous benefits it brings into our lives, gratitude is one of the easiest and simplest ways to ensure happiness and mental peace. It fills your heart with pure joy. It provides you a high with no adverse effects.
Our mental well-being has a direct relationship with our physical health. This means those who practice the feeling of gratitude, enjoy better health.
Another aspect of gratitude is improving relationships. Gratitude not only helps the person who is practicing it but also acts as a relationship-building exercise as it an acknowledgment of the contribution of others.
Some more reasons to be grateful:
How do you show gratitude?
Even though it is one of the simplest emotions to practice, gratitude is also one of the easiest to forget or ignore. When someone does us a good turn or we are the recipient of good fortune, we find ourselves feeling incredibly happy and excited and then move on with our lives. We often forget to say thanks or feel grateful for the good fortunes in our lives.
Practicing gratitude requires a systematic approach for most of us.
Here are some suggestions to remind us to feel grateful.
1. Keep a gratitude journal
We often get so caught up in life that we forget to count the blessings we receive every day of our lives. No matter how small or big, these are still blessings. It can make a world of difference if we are reminded of these “good fortunes” when the chips are down.
Maintaining a gratitude journal can help us with this. It is a dedicated book for you to note down the blessings received every day. You may set aside some time in the morning or at night for making entries in it.
In the beginning, you may find this time-consuming and tedious. By making this ritual a part of the routine, it will get easier. Start with a limited number of entries a day, such as 4 or 5. You can gradually work your way up to cover every single blessing you receive.
The act of writing the journal itself is an elevating experience. The real benefit of maintaining a gratitude journal is when you are feeling low and dejected. It is easy to feel unloved, worthless, and hopeless. When you read all the good fortunes you have received in life, it will act as an instant mood enhancer or “lifter upper”.
2. Make a gratitude jar
Like a gratitude journal, a gratitude jar is a dedicated jar for collecting notes about the blessings received. Write them down on a piece of paper and put them in the jar. When you are feeling down and out, you can pick random notes from the jar and read them to feel better.
3. Write a letter
This works better with more significant blessings or when someone does you a good turn. When you write a thank you note to the person for the help, he/she may feel inspired to pay it forward, thus starting a virtuous circle. Your simple act can do so much good for all the people involved.
You may also write a letter to the Universe, expressing your appreciation for the good fortunes.
Another way to express gratitude is by repeating affirmations. Affirmations are positive statements that can work wonders for your overall mental wellbeing. It is especially good as a reminder of the blessings you have received.
Based on what you want to achieve, you can choose abundance affirmations or even write some on your own. The basic points to remember when choosing daily affirmations are that they should be concise, meaningful, and resonate with yourself and your goal.
How can gratitude affirmations help?
The law emphasizes the importance of having an optimistic frame of mind to attract positive things in life. And affirmations offer a simple and easy way to an optimistic mindset.
Your thoughts and feelings are the building blocks of your mind. By using them wisely, you can improve your mental well-being and consequently your physical and overall well-being.
One simple method to control your feelings is through daily affirmations. Repeating affirmations can channel your thoughts in the right direction, thereby influencing your mindset. When your heart is filled with positivity and gratitude, only good things can follow.
Some of the benefits of gratitude affirmations are:
- Helps in reminding yourself of the blessings received
- Helps in mental reprogramming
- Brings happiness, contentment, and peace
- Helps you stay grounded
- Helps in warding off negative and unwanted thoughts
The feeling of gratitude helps us move up the Emotional Guidance Scale, a scale of our feelings and emotions. The scale has the more positive emotions higher up in the scale. As you climb up the scale, you are increasing your capability to attract good happenings and things.
How to practice gratitude with affirmations?
Affirmations offer an easy way to practice gratitude. It can be included in your daily routine without much hassle. Affirmations work best when repeated in the morning right after you wake up or at night just before you go to sleep.
Your mind is the most receptive at these times and repeating affirmations will have a better impact on the mind. A session of affirmations in the morning can set the tone for the day, while when done at night can help you sleep better and wake up with an optimistic mindset.
You have a variety of options to practice affirmations. You may write it down, say it aloud, or repeat them silently. You may listen to a recording of the affirmations or even a video of them. Another way to include affirmations in your daily routine is to make them part of a Vision Board. You may have a physical Vision Board or an electronic version of it on your mobile phone or laptop.
30 gratitude affirmations to get you started.
- I am grateful.
- I am grateful for the abundance flowing into my life.
- I am focusing on gratitude.
- I have something to be grateful for every day.
- I appreciate my loving family.
- I am thankful for all the opportunities that come my way.
- I am grateful to be alive and here.
- I thank the Universe for the lessons received from life experiences.
- I appreciate every person in my life for their love and affection.
- I acknowledge and appreciate every blessing, big or small.
- I am grateful to experience the sense of gratitude.
- I thank my parents for raising me with love and care.
- I am grateful to my teachers for developing curiosity and creativity in me.
- I thank my teachers for all the time and attention they have given me.
- I am happy to have the capability to enrich the lives of others.
- I am grateful to possess mental strength and resilient nature.
- I am thankful for the presence of love in my life, both given and received.
- I am happy to have the power to dream and make them come true.
- I feel blessed to live in this beautiful world.
- I am thankful that the Universe has my back.
- I feel thankful to have the ability to appreciate the good things in my life.
- I live every moment with consciousness and gratitude.
- I feel grateful to find positives in every situation.
- I am happy to greet each new day with hope and optimism.
- I have so much to be thankful for.
- I feel blessed for the guidance from the Universe.
- I thank the Universe for the positive relationships in my life.
- I am happy to feel joyous and optimistic all the time.
- I am glad to have found the amazing powers of gratitude and practice them.
- Thank you.
Gratitude can be many things as the situation demands – a divine emotion, a positive attitude, or acknowledgment of benevolence in your life. Whichever way you look at it or define it, gratitude can bring peace and happiness not just for yourself but also for the people around you.
Mindfulness and gratitude are like two pods of a pea; one cannot exist without the other. While mindfulness raises your awareness, gratitude helps you recognize the blessings. By acknowledging and appreciating the blessings in your life, you are inviting more of the same.