19 - Gratefulness
Be content and grateful for everything you have. Demonstrate heartfelt appreciation to others when they are a part of this. Count your benefits rather than your burdens. Do you take things for granted or take things for gratitude? Unfortunately, some people can misinterpret an opportunity for gratefulness with a feeling of entitlement. Entitlement has no place in a true leader. Consider everything a blessing and respond with gracious appreciation. Display an attitude of gratitude and allow it to brighten your outlook. Gratefulness can either be felt internally for your own current blessings or reflected and shown to someone else for something of their instigation or initiation. No matter the source, take advantage of the opportunity to express thankfulness for this enlightening treasure.
Effects of Gratefulness:
- Connectedness. With feelings of gratitude, you feel connected with those involved. There is a sense of unity and community, and you realize we are all in this together.
- Inspiration. Gratefulness transforms energy into positive vibrations, leading to inspiration and maybe even aspirations. You feel inspired to pay forward or pass it on. The positive energy is infectious and flows through all your body's cells, affecting other people in your immediate environment. Take advantage of the inspiration, use it as motivation, and allow your mind to expand with productive imagination.
- Support. Comfort is an effect of gratefulness. You feel supported and maybe even emboldened by a sustained sense of confidence. There is an essence of security as well.
- Invigoration. Gratefulness is invigorating and causes you to feel energized. It arouses a desire to be a positive light for more people, just as you are enlightened and enlivened. It stimulates your senses and gives life and spirit to your mind. You are awakened from the mundane and revived with a strong and vitalized feeling, stimulating your desire to share this blessing with others further.
- Value. Your sense of value is revealed through gratitude, both giving and receiving. You feel worthwhile and significant in your purpose. You also feel the value and distinction of others when you show this gratefulness to and for them. You recognize their importance and the value of letting them know the magnitude of their worth.
- Fulfillment. A feeling of being fulfilled or even nourished is an effect of gratefulness. Something amazing has been accomplished or completed, leading to content satisfaction. Or perhaps the event or gesture is minor, but you have the ability to accept it as a treasured gift and value a deeper appreciation. Unsettled feelings are enigmatically sustained and even elevated.
- Appreciation. Gratefulness provides a feeling of appreciation from both a giving and receiving perspective. When you show gratitude, appreciation inevitably follows. You feel relished and maybe even admired. Share the same sense of appreciation with others.
- Blessing. Feeling blessed and being a blessing are effects of gratefulness. Your mind and senses are enveloped with pleasure or contentment. You are delighted and feel empowered by choosing to be grateful.
- Transformation. The positive energy engaged by thankfulness can transform your attitude and vantage point. Your mind may declutter as it releases negativity and allows supportive and peaceful thoughts to freely and loosely flow, leading to a favorable and energized demeanor.
- Astonishment. Gratefulness can lead to astonishment. When you appreciate even the smallest detail, your ability to value things or situations can be immensely altered for the better. You may find more value and regard in what used to be ordinary. You gain a more mature acceptance and appreciation for the simplest things and experience pure joy and contentment.
- Purpose. With gratefulness, you feel a sense of purpose. It’s as though everything suddenly makes sense, and you are exactly where you need to be and doing what you were created to do. You found a worthy purpose and an intention for your actions. You feel settled and accomplished and are awakened to your meaningful life.
“Being grateful does not mean that everything is necessarily good. It just means that you can accept it as a gift.” Roy T. Bennett
“Everyone enjoys being acknowledged and appreciated. Sometimes even the simplest act of gratitude can change someone’s entire day. Take the time to recognize and value the people around you and appreciate those who make a difference in your lives.” Roy T. Bennett.
“Gratitude is one of the most powerful human emotions. Once expressed, it changes attitude, brightens outlook, and broadens our perspective.” Germany Kent
“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings JOY and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” Eileen Caddy
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