Gratitude: Why Showing Gratitude and Appreciation Make You Happier

Gratitude has been described as the best medicine. In fact, Dr. David Burns, author, said, "If you want to make the best use of your life, you have to be grateful for what you have." According to Burns, "gratitude works like magic. It puts a band-aid on the real problem: the feeling of scarcity." This article will explore how gratitude can help you achieve wealth and prosperity in your life.



What exactly is it that inspires you to be grateful? According to Burns, "gratitude is your internal litmus test for what is important and worth doing." But a more practical clinical definition would be as follows. Gratitude is your internal equivalent of a positive outlook and mindset; it's a state of grateful and appreciative appreciation for what is good and meaningful to yourself.


A recent study reported that a United States citizen over the age of twenty-four who expressed a consistent positive attitude were more likely to be wealthy than those who were negative and poor in their outlook. This positive attitude was also reflected in their spending habits. People who were positive about their lives and the world around them were the ones who showed an increased spending power. Those who were not so positive about their lives and the world around them were the ones who were spending less. These findings suggest that having a positive attitude and positive mindset can enhance one's ability to be wealthy.


According to Burns, gratitude is essential to being wealthy. "When people say things like, 'I'm sorry I didn't get this beautiful house from yesterday,' " Burns explains, "what they really mean is, 'I wish I had got that beautiful house from yesterday.' If you replace the words, 'I wish I had got it from yesterday' with, 'I'm very grateful I got it from yesterday,' you begin to see what a difference this makes." Gratitude supports and enhances the law of gratitude. When you cultivate a positive attitude and practice gratitude, not only will you experience more abundance in your life, but you will also find that your relationships will be more fulfilling and rich as well.


As you reflect on gratitude, thoughts of all the good things you have received and do begin to flow forth from your heart. This will increase your level of happiness, which in turn increases your level of wealth. Think of all the good things you have received in your life and think again next time you get that overwhelming feeling, "I am blessed." Feeling wealthy does not mean spending money. Instead, the feeling of being rich means feeling rich!


Gifting others with gratitude is also a great way to feel wealthy. Think about someone today who has touched your heart. How many times did you share a meal, give a gift or tell a story about them because they were kind enough to do something for you? You have already demonstrated to yourself, through your gratitude, that you are generous.


The most abundant resource for prosperity is gratitude. So, make a point of being grateful for everything you have now. Even if you are not rich, be grateful for every penny you have in your pocket, for every thought you have, for every person you have a relationship with or know, for the simple things in your life that mean the world to you. Think about what it would be like to be in their place right now, enjoying the luxury of being grateful. Feeling wealthy is a wonderful gift.


If you haven't started already, find a time everyday to be thankful for what you have already. Go ahead and start a gratitude journal so you can keep track of your progress. As you practice gratitude, your outlook, feelings and energy will change for the positive. Instead of worrying about what you haven't done, focus on what you have done. You will feel happier and more at peace with yourself.

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