Gratitude. It is not just about good manners, for example sending thank you cards. It is the power that enables you to achieve your dream.
Psychologists and behavioral scientists have proven thankfulness is the least felt emotion. It is
an emotion that has to be cultivated. People who practice gratitude are:
- Less stressed
- Less anxious and depressed
- More confident
When you express appreciation for the blessings in your life, you become more blessed. This sounds very much like the law of attraction.
Wikipedia says about the law of attraction:
The law of attraction is the name given to the maxim “like attracts like” which in New Thought philosophy is used to sum up the idea that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life.
However, the new agers did not invent this principle, God did! Proverbs 23:7 reads,
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
What you think about, you bring about. Joyce Meyer has a saying that is so true:
“When we complain, we remain.”
An example of this is the Israelites coming out of Egypt.
God made sure the Israelites were rich when they left Egypt and provided extravagant protection. They collected silver, gold and clothing before they departed. When the Egyptians chased after the Israelites, God parted the Red Sea and destroyed the pursuers. However, not a few days (if that much) later they started complaining they didn’t have enough to eat or drink and they complained about their leadership. What was the result? Most of those complainers didn’t make it to the Promised Land. They died in the wilderness. And, for those who remained, what should’ve taken eleven days took FORTY YEARS! What could have been different if they would have focused on what God DID do instead of what they thought He wasn’t doing? They took their eyes off the prize and magnified their present situation. This had disastrous results!
Proverbs 18:21 in the Amplified Bible reads,
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.”
I’ve always wondered why “death” is mentioned first in this scripture. It is probably because God and the writer of this scripture knew that people love dirty laundry and enjoy wallowing in negativity. “Misery loves company.” However, we have to change the way we think! Instead of focusing on the negativity, such as “I hate my long commute to work”, think “Look at all this time I have to listen to audio books!” Or, “look how much time I have two times a day to worship the One who loves me!” It is all in the mindset.
So, how can you develop this attitude of gratitude? Start a journal of thankfulness. Every day write ten things you are thankful for. When ANYTHING positive happens in your life, say, “Thank you,” out loud. It is not enough to just ‘think’ it, you have to say it out loud so your ears can hear it. Even be thankful for things that haven’t happened yet. When you express thankfulness out loud, your brain hears it and begins to formulate a path toward what you are saying.
Start your journey to living in a state of thankfulness right now. If you’ve had “stinkin’ thinkin’” until now, this won’t be an easy road. But, you can do it! Once you make the change, come back to this website and post the results that you’ve seen. We’d love to hear them and celebrate with you.