The power of gratitude is not a new discovery in today's modern times. If you look throughout history, you'll see that having an attitude of gratitude has been discussed by many great leaders and well-known philosophers.
Why is this?
Could it be because these leaders and “great people” of history were leaders and “great ones” because they practiced the magic of gratitude?
Because they knew that without gratitude, they were more likely to have “negative personality traits” that would inhibit their success?
While some may disagree, I'd like to discuss a few of these “negative personality traits” which are absent when you practice gratitude and how “leaving these traits behind” contributes to your overall successes in life.
The power of gratitude is such a strong force that it not only changes your perspective on life to focus on the positive – which in turns changes your mind and body to focus on the positive – but also removes many of the “blocks to success” that hold many of us back from living our true potential in life.
When you are able to maintain an gratitude attitude, you are:
A study done by the Emmons Lab, showed that people who practice gratitude were more likely to be generous.
So, why and how does this contribute to your success?
Having a spirit of generosity goes a long way in your relationships. By showing people around you that you are generous because you are grateful for what you have, you have given others one of the best gratitude lessons you could give them.
This, in turn, creates good-will and friendships that can help you “move up through the ranks” of becoming a leader.
Now, I'm sure many of you would say that humility isn't important to being successful and attaining happiness, but I beg to differ.
While I know that there are successful people “out there” who have attained success with a huge ego driving them, I'd like to remind you that many of the “great ones” in history – like Buddha – advocate that humility gets you much farther, and I tend to agree.
In fact, humility is one of the keys to being happy because it allows you to operate from your true power inside – which, I know sounds like a contradiction as we tend to relate humility with weakness.
But, just the opposite is true. There is great power in being humble, which comes from the ability to be grateful for gratitude.
When you practice gratitude, you are focused upon the things that you already have in your life and with this type of “gratitude training,” you are setting yourself up to be happy “where you are now.”
When you're happy with things around you, you avoid being envious of what others have in their lives.
While this all may seem obvious, many times when learning how to develop gratitude, this point is missed, but can be a strong motivating factor for you to be grateful for gratitude.
The power of gratitude goes beyond just “being happy.” It also lets you tap into a power within yourself that believes things are possible.
It allows you to be more optimistic about your future, which in turn gives you hope and motivation.
It also allows you to avoid being jealous of others' successes because you know you have the strength and power to make your own successes.
Emmons study also showed that the power of gratitude gives us a unique perspective on what's necessary in life, and helps us avoid being overly materialistic.
Although it's certainly not a “bad thing” to want material items, gratefulness allows you to “reel in your appetite” and be able to discern exactly what's right for you.
When you operate from a place of “what's right for you,” rather than trying to keep up with society's expectations of “wealth,” you're more likely to achieve true success based on your own perimeters of success.
The attitude of gratitude gives you the ability to be more empathetic and compassionate to others, according to the Emmons study.
Perhaps this is because grace and gratitude go hand in hand?
Perhaps this is because you've tapped into an emotion (gratitude) that unlocks other “good” emotions?
Although I'm not sure why this happens, it does happen and I think is a very good trait for a leader to possess.
When you study the Law of Attraction, one of the most important things to remember if you want to manifest good things in your life is to be “happy where you are now.”
The reasoning behind this is that “like attracts like,” so if you're happy now, you'll remain happy now, rather than “being happy when you attain or receive something” in the future.
The Law of Attraction gives you more of what you're feeling now. So, if you're “discontent and waiting for your future successes,” you'll always be “discontent and waiting for your future successes” to happen.
Throughout history you'll see that people who have developed an attitude of gratitude operate from a positive “can do” attitude, and are more likely to avoid negative things.
One possible reason for this is because when you practice positive thinking long enough, you actually change your cellular structure within your body to keep you more positive.
Since this is a fascinating subject all on its own, I'd like to direct you to my “Benefits of Positive Thinking” article where I discuss how keeping your mind positive directly affects how your body responds to your thoughts. Go ahead and click here to go there now. When you're done, just hit the back button and I'll be here waiting...
The best part of any gratitude training or gratitude lessons that you learn is that when you're grateful, you inspire a positive response – usually gratefulness – from others.
In fact, having an gratitude attitude motivates others behavior toward you in a positive fashion
According to Wikipedia, gratitude is a motivator of behavior. It used one example where a company called customers after their purchase simply to say, “Thank you,” which showed a subsequent 70% increase in repeat purchases, versus a call that included a promotion with the thank you message or no call at all.
It also pointed out that waiters/waitresses got higher tips when they put a “thank you” on the meal tab.
When you are feeling strong emotions, such as gratitude, an interesting thing happens, which is that your heart acts like a “radio station” and broadcasts an biomagnetic charge outward around you.
So, how does this relate to learning how to develop gratitude? I've been told about an experiment where one person was feeling gratitude in one room, whose heart came into a coherent state -- a certain rhythm.
In the next room, another person's heart also came into coherence. From this, the result was found that when you're feeling gratitude, you're actually affecting the hearts of people around you to become grateful!
I discuss this further in my “As We Express Our Gratitude, We Change the World” article. Click here to go there now. Then come back and we'll finish up here.
As you can see, learning how to develop gratitude has a multitude of benefits above and beyond the usual “relieves depression and stress.”
In my mind, this makes me want to be grateful for gratitude and to spread it around, not by telling people that it's the greatest thing – which, I know I'm doing right now, – but because I'm feeling gratitude and allowing my heart to speak to those around me.
For more on gratitude lessons and how to develop gratitude, here's a great article:
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