Why Spirit of Gratitude?

Gratitude is a powerful process for shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want in your life. Be grateful for what you already have and you will attract more good things.

More than 40 scientific studies have shown that gratitude, makes us feel happier, healthier, and wealthier, while providing us with more resilient personalities, more satisfying relationships, more fulfilling work, and strengthening our sense of community. The endless list of benefits was compiled by aggregating the results of these research studies on gratitude.

Robert Emmons, the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude (University of California, Berkeley) declares that:

  1. Gratitude allows celebration of the present, magnifying what you already have so as to extract more benefit from it.
  2. Gratitude blocks toxic emotions, such as envy, resentment, regret, and depression.
  3. Grateful people are more stress-resilient, and so recover far quicker from anxiety illness, and trauma.
  4. Gratitude strengthens social ties and self-worth.

We take so many things for granted. Should we not be grateful for our health, our minds, our bodies, and our spirits? Should we not be grateful for our spouses, partners, children, parents, and friends? Should we not be grateful for the roof over our heads? Should we not be grateful that we have running water and heating at home? That we have clothes, laptops, Internet, Wifi, mobile phones, all kinds of transport, music, books, and civilization at our fingertips? We have so much to be grateful for. If we focus on what we don’t have, we repel the very things we want. If we focus on the riches we already possess, we become happy and grateful and we attract more of what we want.

In the words of Cicero, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of all the virtues, but the parent of all the others.” The others virtues are humility, kindness, patience, diligence, charity, moderation, and abstinence. In our media-saturated society today, our senses are stimulated towards the vices of pride, envy, wrath, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust. Gratitude is the antidote to these vices. It cannot co-exist with these vices. If you’re in a grateful state, try and see if you can be envious. It’s simply not possible. Gratitude blocks envy and all the other vices. Without the spirit of gratitude, our endeavors are temporary and fleeting. This is why I believe the Spirit of Gratitude is the key to our success, in whatever we endeavor to do.

I thank You God for most this amazing day
e. e. cummings