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Gratitude: Make Friends With It

Please allow me to introduce my (somewhat) new friend to you. I’ve experienced the power of gratitude over the last few years and would recommend it to everyone!

Let’s see what the dictionary says about gratitude:
grat-ti-tude [grat-i-tood, -tyood]: n. 1. a feeling of deep appreciation; 2. a positive emotion that involves a desire to thank another 3. the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful.

I strongly recommend that you too make friends with Gratitude and here’s two reasons why:

1. Gratitude attracts abundance:
Christian mystic Meister Eckhart said, “If the only prayer you say in your whole life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” I suspect he is right. Suppose you did a big favor for someone and they didn’t even bother to thank you. It’s hardly likely that you would do them another favor or give them another gift! It’s the same with Life – if you want to receive more blessings and enjoy all that life has in store for you – you have first of all got to appreciate what you have already. Like Oprah Winfrey says: Be thankful for what you have and you will end up having more. But if you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never, ever have enough.

2. Gratitude makes you content:
Focusing on being grateful leads you to feel happy, full and complete. Scientific research shows that gratitude is one of those positive emotions that helps to enhance the body’s immune system. A feeling of gratitude can release endorphins in to the blood stream. Endorphins work as natural pain killers, that stimulate the blood vessels and relax the heart and make you feel content

If you want a most eloquent reason to be grateful here’s what Melody Beattie says: Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

My recommendation to you:

Spend a few minutes everyday focusing on what you are grateful for. Let gratitude sweep over you. I promise you it will help to get rid of fear and stress and lead to a feeling of well-being. Try it – you have nothing to lose and all the world to gain!

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