Gratitude is a divine principle and as such is called the Law of Gratitude.
It is absolutely necessary that you should observe the law, if you are to get the results you seek and is often the missing ingredient to getting what you want.
But who, what, and how do we give thanks and apply this law into our lives?
In the book, “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Wattles, he summarizes in three steps to get us kick started in applying this law:
- Believe that there is on Intelligent Substance, from which all things proceed.
- Believe that this Substance gives you everything you desire.
- Relate yourself to it by a feeling of deep and profound gratitude.
“Intelligent Substance” is just one name people use to assign meaning to a higher power, a Supreme Being, Infinite Intelligence, God – what have you. This is the “WHO”… Now what?
Do we remember to give thanks for the blessings we receive? Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven.
Mr. Wattles also said,
“Many people who order their lives rightly in all other ways are kept in poverty by their lack of gratitude. Having received one gift from God, they cut the wires which connect them with Him by failing to make acknowledgment.”
We have all experienced times when our focus is on what we lack rather than on our blessings. Thomas S. Monson said, “We can lift ourselves and others as well when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude.”
An interesting thing happens when we concentrate our minds on God when good things come to us, the more good things we will receive, and the more rapidly they will come, and the reason simply is that the mental attitude of gratitude draws the mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings come.
Focus on what you currently have – give deep profound thanks – and more will come.
Have you ever given something to someone and they didn’t thank you for it? How did that make you feel? For me, it makes me not want to give that person anything else… The same thing applies with us when we fail to give thanks for what we’ve received.
So HOW can we cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude?
“The grateful man sees so much in the world to be thankful for, and with him the good outweighs the evil. Love overpowers jealousy, and light drives darkness out of his life. Pride destroys our gratitude and sets up selfishness in its place. How much happier we are in the presence of a grateful and loving soul, and how careful we should be to cultivate, through the medium of a prayerful life, a thankful attitude toward God and man!” – Joseph F. Smith
A prayerful life is the key to possessing gratitude.
A thankful heart comes through expressing gratitude to Infinite Intelligence for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives. This requires conscious effort – at least until we have truly learned and cultivated an attitude of gratitude.
I don’t know about you, but I often feel thankful and intend to give my thanks but forget to do so or just don’t get around to it. It’s like wrapping a present and not giving it.
One final thought from Wallace D. Wattles…
“Also, faith is born of gratitude. The grateful mind continually expects good things, and expectation becomes faith. The reaction of gratitude upon one’s own mind produces faith, and every outgoing wave of grateful thanksgiving increases faith. He who has no feeling of gratitude cannot long retain a living faith, and without a living faith you cannot get rich by the creative method…”
Like any law, if obeyed, will bring specific blessings. The Law of Gratitude is no exception.
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