Make gratitude a part of your daily life and the universe will send you its blessings,
Did I ever thank my grandmother for taking care of me as a child when my mother was away at work? Did I ever hug my father gratefully for all the goodies he got me? And have I ever been thankful to God for a doting mother? Perhaps, I never felt the need to!
Stop To Be Grateful
“Gratitude is another form of love, for things that give you happiness,” says Zenobia Khodiaji, Feng-Shui consultant. Adds writer-director Vinod Pande, “Expressing gratitude is a responsibility that nature places on us. If you do, there is positivity, otherwise there is a lurking sense of guilt which manifests into negativity.”
Blessing From The Universe
“The universe loves gratitude. During my seminar on attracting money, I devote a full hour on gratitude. If you are grateful, money will come in. It’s that simple,” says Zenobia with a smile. True, the universe always gives more of what you focus on. “Gratitude is an emotion we all possess, but how many of us draw on it?” says SatChit Anand Paducone, an ardent devotee of Baba Shivanand.
Makes You Happier
Psychologists Michael McCollough and Robert Emmons found through a study that expressing gratitude actually makes one vibrant, enabling you to achieve personal goals. Emmons’ book Thanks: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier shows that expressing gratitude increases happiness levels by around 25 per cent. To say we feel grateful is not to say that everything in our lives is necessarily great. It just means we are aware of our blessings.” Every religion emphasises Shukrana (Islam), Dhanyavaad (Hindu) or Meher — as Parsis’ call it — or being thankful for the gift of life.
Promotes Spiritual Growth
Pradeep Shivturkar, an astrologer who has studied Hindu scriptures, says, “Gratitude brings blessings for spiritual progress. He observes, “Today’s young are extremely restless.If they learn to be grateful, it will bring them peace — the first step towards spiritual growth.” Being grateful also makes a huge difference to one’s quality of life. As Cicero, the ancient Roman philosopher said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”
Why express gratitude? Because it brings positivity and genuine happiness. Be grateful and watch yourself prosper. Finally, go ahead and make a positive difference in other people’s lives. Does that sound too tough? Let’s give it a try:
Begin your day by looking at yourself in the mirror and smile. Feel happy, you’re looking at God’s creation! Sing to yourself or listen to music you love while you dress for work. Try not to worry about work. Look at your happy family. Be thankful.
Once at work, make a list of all the positives. If you face a challenging situation, remember that there are many people waiting outside for the joy you have now. Be grateful. Take time off from your busy schedule to enjoy nature. Every other day, try and offer someone something that you too need, like your seat in the bus. Islam encourages you to share your surplus with those who don’t have enough. It brings “barkat” or blessings. In Sikhism, the concept of ‘langar’ sprang from the same emotion. Always be in a mode of giving and receiving happily. Don’t hoard things. Become eco-friendly.
Note Your Blessings
Make it a daily practice to write down and give thanks for all the good things that happened to you that day. Thank God for ‘tough times’ as they strengthen you and make you a better human being.
Finally, glance at your happy and healthy family.