The power of gratitude is displayed in the way it enables us to see the beauty in all things, and the light that’s present in everyone. There’s something to learn in each experience, and with thankful thoughts and a forgiving heart, we can uncover those lessons with more grace and less pain.
“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” – Ralph Marston
Gratitude is many things. There is a certain joy—true joy—that springs from thanksgiving. The power of gratitude is just that: it delivers joy to our doorstep, and happiness is easier to recall; it returns us to love, and it’s easier to smile.
The Power of Gratitude and 5 Powerful Lessons
1. Gratitude includes everything.
Gratitude equates to the feeling or quality of being thankful; it means to actively give thanks for what you have or have experienced. Gratitude encompasses one’s blessings and one’s burdens, but it has the power to transform burdens themselves into blessings. The grateful spirit does not leave anything out of its reach.
Gratitude is all-inclusive, for all experiences serve a valiant purpose, whether we label them as “good or bad.”Gratitude leaves no stone unturned; it touches everything with grace, even the painful things. Click To Tweet
2. Gratitude grows when given.
Gratitude multiplies what we are grateful for. There’s an ancient law working on our behalf, so that when we give in gratitude and joy, we are to receive more of what we’re grateful and joyful for.
Thinking positively about what you’re thankful for opens new pathways for more positive energy to enter your life; your perspective magnifies what you focus on.The more we count our blessings, the more blessings we have to count. Click To Tweet
3. Gratitude is the seed of forgiveness.
When we give thanks, sincerely, we’re learning how to forgive. It’s nearly impossible to feel grateful and either condemn or regret a lesson learned. More than that, when we start to become willing to forgive the painful experiences and instead seek to learn the lessons that would enrich our lives, the riches do pour forth.
Our thanksgiving, and our forgiveness, highlights the blessings and makes everything meaningful.Acquiring a grateful heart is the first lesson in forgiveness. Click To Tweet
4. Gratitude is a way to honor.
Appreciating others for who they are is a way to honor their presence and truth. Appreciating life events for what they have to teach us is a way to honor the experience. Thanking the universe for its abundance, and feeling grateful for the miracle of living, is a sure way to honor the present moment and to dive deeper into it.Gratitude is the treasure I take with me from each experience. Click To Tweet
5. Gratitude transforms pain into peace.
One of the highest tributes you can pay to the people and circumstances you’ve lost is to live, and give, in gratitude.
We can still feel grateful for the beautiful experiences we were privileged to be part of. People we love don’t live forever, and that’s precisely the reason our gratitude is called for. Our paths crossed for a moment in time, and how wonderfully human it was (and still is) to participate in that miracle.
Gratitude is about how we live, and when we live in our relationships with a deep appreciation, the love that grows there is never lost. We can slowly release the thoughts that tether us to pain, and we can work our way back to the loving connection that lives on. In that space, there is peace.We can always be grateful for those who are part of our journey, near or far. Click To Tweet
- What and who are you thankful for?
- What beauty has the power of gratitude bestowed upon your life?
- How do you stay grateful when life is hard?
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Thank you for being part of my journey.