10 UNKNOWN IMPORTANT LAWS OF GRATITUDE
“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” — The Hausa of Nigeria
“Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more.” — Brother David Steindl-Rast
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward
“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” — Cynthia Ozick
“Thou that has given so much to me,
Give one thing more–a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if thy blessings had spare days;
But such a heart, whose pulse may be
Thy praise.” – George Herbert
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire, If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings. — Author Unknown
Gratitude, thankfulness, or gratefulness is the proper, fitting or called-for response to benefits or beneficence from a benefactor. The act of gratitude leads to greatness. It can literally turn what you have into more than enough, jobs into joy, chaos into order, uncertainty into clarity and bring peace to an otherwise chaotic day.
The easiest way to make your blessings count is to count your blessings (remember the popular hymn “Count Your blessing name them one by one?). Acknowledging the good things you already have in your life is of the essence, because whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will grow stronger in your life.
During the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we most often times neglect the basic laws of gratitude intermittently missing out entirely on its positivity. So always remember:
1. The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for. Be grateful for what you have, and you’ll end up having more. Focus on what you don’t have, and you’ll never have enough. Let’s take a life example, you buy something for a child always and he never bothers to say thank you but complains about how he doesn’t like the stuff or doesn’t need the stuff, would you, in all sincerity buy something nice for that child again even though you feel inclined to? For me it’s a No. Capital NO. I would feel like it’s a waste of time, because that child’s gratefulness is what endears or pushes me to do more for him/her, right? See? It’s the same thing when we feel ungrateful towards the things we have and don’t have.
2. Being happy won’t always make you grateful, but being grateful will always make you happy. It’s nearly impossible to sincerely appreciate a moment and frown about it at the same time. To be happy right now doesn’t mean you don’t desire more, it means you’re grateful for what you have and patient for what’s yet to come. God Almighty wrote in His Word “When you appreciate me for the little I’ve done, I will do more for you”.
3. Gratitude fosters true forgiveness, which is when you can sincerely say, “Thank you for that experience.” It makes no sense to condemn or regret an important life lesson. Gratitude makes sense of yesterday, brings peace to the present, and creates a positive vision for tomorrow. Probably your spouse taught you a bitter lesson in your relationship, instead of crying your little hearts and eyes out be grateful to him/her because you won’t make such mistake as you had made in that relationship in the same relationship or the next one. Every experience is an eye opener; we make mistakes to better ourselves.
4. You never need more than you have at any given moment. It has been said that the highest form of prayer is giving thanks. Instead of praying ‘for’ things, give thanks for what you already have. When life gives you every reason to be negative, think of one good reason to be positive. There’s always something to be grateful for. God listens more to Thanksgiving than prayers. Abraham was asked to sacrifice his ONLY son and instead of complaining he thanked God for brining Isaac to him and he was provided with an animal for the sacrifice.
5. Gratitude is all-inclusive. Good days give you happiness and bad days give you wisdom. Both are essential. Because all things have contributed to your advancement, you must include all things in your gratitude. This is especially true of your relationships. We meet no ordinary people in our lives; if you give them a chance, everyone has something important to teach you.
6. What you have to be grateful for in the present changes. Be grateful for all you have now, because you honestly never know what will happen next. What you have will eventually be what you had. Life changes every single day, and your blessings will gradually change along with it. Live every single day like it’s your last day on earth (this does not have anything to do with living in fear rather it dwells on being happy no more the circumstances, it’s more fun that way
7. A grateful mind never takes things for granted. What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude. The circumstance (or person) you take for granted today may turn out to be the only one you need tomorrow. My mom had taught me never to look down on people. Even the Bible says “Do not despise the days of little beginnings”. Never make fun of people because they’re beneath you because the rejected stone may turn to be the chief cornerstone. Don’t take your happiness, relationships, family and friends for granted. Savour every minute and second spent with them.
8. As you express your gratitude, you must not forget that the highest appreciation is not to simply utter words, but to live by them daily. What matters most is not what you say, but how you live. Don’t just say it, show it. Don’t just promise it, prove it.
9. Gratitude includes giving back. In the hustle of everyday life we hardly realize how much more we receive than give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the aid of others.
10. The highest tribute to the people and circumstances you’ve lost is not grief but gratitude. Just because something didn’t last forever, doesn’t mean it wasn’t the greatest gift imaginable. Be thankful that your paths crossed and that you got the chance to experience something wonderful.