The Power Of Gratitude

What would you say if I told you that you could have more happiness in your life? And all you had to do was make a simple, yet often difficult, change in your attitude?

I hope you’d jump at the chance to learn the secret. Well, today is your lucky day as I’m letting you in on this little secret.

Thank You

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That secret is Learn To Be Grateful.

What does that mean? Dictionary.com defines it as: warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received.

To break it down even further, it means to be thankful.

Express your gratitude to those around you. When your neighbor has come over and snowblown your driveway, go over and tell them how much you appreciated it. If a fellow shopper holds the door for you as you’re entering the store, say “thank you.” Or if an author has touched your life, send them a note telling them that.

Research has shown that gratitude releases positive hormones into our bodies. We become more relaxed and less stressed. Blood pressure will drop and we can think more clearly.

These results are powerful!

But that’s not all. Here’s three more benefits that you’ll gain from showing gratitude.

  • It can change your mood:
    With the hormones released by feeling gratitude, you receive a pick me up. Your mood changes and you become happier.

    By expressing your gratitude to the one who has helped you, you will see the joy on their face. That also works to better your mood.

    Go ahead and try it. Let me know how it works.

  • It can improve your marriage:
    Many marriages start to fall into a state of disrepair once one spouse stops showing their gratitude to the other. The simple acts of kindness that once brought joy and a “thank you” fail to bring a reaction. Then those acts of kindness stops and you wonder why.

    It’s most likely because you stopped expressing your gratitude.

    Examine your marriage and decide today where you could better express your gratitude. Could you tell your wife “thank you for doing the dishes” or “I appreciate the dinner you cooked for me tonight?” Wives, have you been telling your husband “Thank you for mowing the lawn” or “Thank you for working so hard for the family?”

    Imagine the change it could bring to your marriage! I bet you your marriage would be transformed.

  • It can attract other happy people:
    Would you like to have more friends who are happy? Who cheer you one? Who lift you up?

    Well, Jim Rohn said you are the average of the five people you are around the most. Think about that for a minute.

    That would mean most happy people hang around with other happy people. They don’t form strong friendships with people who are negative. They look for people who are happy. People who are grateful.

    If you’re grateful, you’ll attract other grateful and happy people.

Are you ready to make the change today?

I know YOU are! You’re that type of person.

Starting thinking of who you’re grateful for. Now go and express it to them. Not only will they be pleased in knowing the impact they’ve had on your life, you’ll feel the effect of gratitude.

Question: Who do you need to express gratitude to today? What’s holding you back? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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