Most of us were told to say thank you as part of the basic set of manners that we were taught at a very young age. Gratitude, however, rather than simply being a semantic expression, is actually a full-blown concept whose power reaches much further than simply expressing appreciation as part of social etiquette.
The strength of gratitude as a basic concept for human existence can easily be seen by looking at almost any culture on planet Earth. Although each culture has different methods of attaining the things that are desired by the people of that culture, all of the societies share a common fact they Give Thanks for what they have received.
In fact, in many cultures, the art of showing appreciation is an integral part of their very religious or spiritual beliefs. It is considered inappropriate, bad luck, or bad karma to not express heartfelt gratitude for the blessings that are given to individuals or to the society as a whole.
This begs the question of why it is that gratitude which is purely a non-material thing carries so much weight in almost every culture that has ever existed. From the most ancient texts all the way up through the modern mannerisms that are taught to all people, gratitude has remained an important concept since the dawn of life on Earth.
Why is it that something that has no material value, that cannot be measured in any scientific way, that cannot be used as money or barter, and that cannot be grasped with any of the 5 basic human senses is so powerful that it has been and continues to be a cornerstone of every human culture?
The answer lies in the fact that although gratitude is expressed for something that has been given, it is also the single most effective, powerful, simple, and free way to get literally everything that you could ever want in the world!
Gratitude, like all human emotions, creates an energetic vibration, and is part of what many call the Emotional Guidance System. The Emotional Guidance System basically lets us know if something that we are doing is going to create more joy in our life, or more negativity.
If you are feeling good, then you instinctively know that by continuing to do the things that caused you to feel good, that you will get more of the same. If you are feeling bad, then the same rules apply, and you realize that you should stop doing the things that are causing negativity in your life.
Gratitude is one of the most powerful of the positive emotions that can be experienced by a human being, and as such, creates a very strong desire to continue to do whatever it is that caused us to be grateful to begin with. However, the true power of gratitude goes much deeper than that, and the answers lie in the energetic vibration that is created whenever you are grateful for something.
The universal Law of Attraction states that like attracts like. In other words, if you are feeling a positive emotion, then that energetic vibration will attract more positive energy into your life.
By remembering that gratitude is one of the most powerful positive emotions, and that positive emotions attract positive energy into our lives, then the power of gratitude becomes very clear. Here is the trick, though you have to FEEL it, not just say it.
Words have no use in the all-powerful field of constantly vibrating energy that is the Universe. To think that the language of any given culture would mean anything to the timeless, immeasurable power of the Universe is arrogant at best.
However, the vibrations that are created whenever you FEEL something rather than just saying it ARE understood by the Universe. In fact, your feelings are acted upon by the Universe whether you want them to be or not. This makes an understanding of the Law of Attraction and the amazing power of emotions like gratitude such a powerful tool for your success.
When you truly feel grateful for something, you send a message out to the Universe that says I like that. Bring me more, please. The Universe will answer you every time. In fact, based on the immutable Law of Attraction, the Universe has no choice but to answer you.
If you think about the fact that you can literally send out any vibration that you want into the world and the power of the Universe will bring you back anything that you ask for, the implications become staggering. When the emotions that you send out reflect positive, heartfelt gratitude for the things that the Universe has already given to you, the implications jump from staggering to limitless!
Also, you do not need to have huge things to be grateful for in order to invoke this amazing power. The Universe does not care if you are grateful for the fact that you are a millionaire, or if you are merely grateful for the fact that you have eyes that work well enough for you to read this article.
All that matters is that you are Grateful. Then, as powerful as the rising and the setting of the sun, the Universe will inexorably bring you more things to be grateful for. Free of charge, no obligation, no penance to pay, no debt that needs to be settled later.
You ask for something, you receive it, you show gratitude, and you get more. It really is just that simple. Start and end each and every day of your life by focusing on the things that you are grateful for, and you will quickly realize that each time you go to sleep, and each time you wake up, you have even more things to BE grateful for.
That is the Grandeur of Gratitude!