Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.

~ Christian Science Hymnal

What is Gratitude?

Gratitude and giving thanks are simple, yet powerful ways to transform our lives. Gratitude is a deep appreciation for receiving an act of kindness or generosity. Gratitude is both a noun and a verb, which amplifies its power. Gratitude is a heart-centered approach to “being” in life (noun) and is most powerful when practiced daily (verb.) Gratitude helps the mind shift its attention away from our problems towards life affirming solutions. It’s a way of looking at life with a feeling of appreciation, regardless of how things are unfolding.

The first step in receiving the abundance we desire begins with expressing gratitude for what we already have. The Law of Attraction says that whatever we focus on grows stronger. When we start being grateful for all the little things, not only are we becoming more positive and loving, but more appreciative as well. Once we make a habit of being grateful for all that we have (and continue to receive) we will attract even more to be grateful for. Therefore, gratitude is one of the secret keys to manifesting more success, happiness and abundance in our lives.

We all know that when life is challenging us, it is very difficult to maintain an attitude of gratitude. That’s actually when we need gratitude the most. Additionally, the times when life is unfolding the way we want it to, we often take those precious moments for granted. The very act of practicing gratitude can shift our focus away from our problems towards that for which we are grateful. The more we express gratitude, the more life brings for us to be grateful. We begin to live what is called a blessed life and we become very aware of all the abundance we already have.

As we move into greater and greater levels of gratitude it becomes much easier to appreciate everything in our lives, including the challenging times. We begin to see that life is unfolding perfectly even if what we are experiencing is less than favorable. We also begin to understand that we are an important part of that unfolding. Whenever we go through difficult times, we are given an opportunity to raise our awareness and grow into a better version of ourselves.

In summary, the more we open our heart to this way of life, the more abundance we attract. We come into greater alignment with all the miracles, blessings and abundance life has in store for us. For a grateful heart brings more light and where there is light, there is abundance.