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If there was one tool that I believe has an incredible capacity to manifest large sums of money into your life, then it would be gratitude.

Often in life, we forget to appreciate what we do have because we are so focused on what we don’t have. However, focusing on what we don’t have or what we are lacking is only sending out negative vibrations to the universe and therefore bringing you even more lack.

You have probably heard the saying “Count Your Blessings” as you grew up. You may have heard it from your parents or your grandparents. I know that we used to say our “blessings” or “grace” prior to our evening meals.

Did you know that by appreciating what you already have you are sending a request to the universe to bring even more of it? Therefore, if you appreciate the money that you do have instead of focusing on the bills that have come in you are sending a request to the universe to bring even more wealth and abundance.

As appreciation becomes a dominant emotion you will begin to spend a lot less time in the lower states such as sadness, anger, resentment etc and much more time in the higher frequencies, therefore attracting even more greatness into your life.

Practicing gratitude every day can bring you a level of joy and fulfillment that most certainly will bring you closer to your manifestations.

If you were to ask the millionaires and billionaires out there what one of their secrets to success would be it would be gratitude for what they have and for the life that they are living. They spend every present moment being grateful for what they have, which in turn will bring even more reasons to be grateful.

However, what is sad is that although gratitude is recognized by many as an important emotion to harness when it comes to life quality, studies have shown that there are not as many people experiencing it as there should be.

For instance, in one study they showed that although 20% of Americans rated gratitude as a constructive and useful emotion, only 10% practiced it on a regular basis. This same study showed however that in Germany 50% rated it as an emotion we should be practicing but only 20% practiced it regularly. As far as I am concerned these numbers are extremely low and there is definite room for improvement. Could you imagine how awesome the world would be if those numbers were to increase?

As your appreciation and gratitude increases and you start to do things that you enjoy and stop complaining about things you don’t enjoy you will notice that your vibrations will lift, and you will start to appreciate even the smallest things, like green traffic lights, butterflies, flowers etc.

Now not only do you need to appreciate that which is outside of yourself, but you also need to appreciate yourself for who you are. Although you may not love everything about yourself, you need to learn to love you just for being you.

Stop putting yourself down every chance you get because these beliefs will become ingrained in your mind and will impact your ability to manifest. You are amazing just the way you are so stop judging yourself for not being perfect and instead focus on all the amazing things that make you, you.

So, why is gratitude so important???

There are many benefits to incorporating gratitude into your daily routine and I am confident that by the time you have finished reading this article you will start practicing gratitude.

BENEFIT #1 – IT MAKES YOU HAPPIER AND MORE OPTIMISTIC

As we know, when we are happy and experiencing positive emotions then we are getting closer to source, and therefore closer to manifesting all the wealth and desires we could ever hope to achieve. Being grateful promotes much more positive emotions and allows you to appreciate the good things you have in your life, therefore minimising dissatisfaction.

By focusing on even the small things you are grateful for, you can extract maximum satisfaction and enjoyment from your current circumstances.

Studies have shown that gratitude is strongly correlated with optimism. This optimism will of course make us happier, improve our health and even increase our lifespan by as much as a few years. It has been shown that daily journaling can raise optimism by as much as 15%, although I think the percentage can be even higher.

BENEFIT #2 – ALLOWS YOU TO DEAL WITH CONTRAST AND TRAUMA

When you are grateful for a person or an experience, then you manage to overcome contrast that may come your way. If you focus on the positive aspects of that person or that experience and appreciate them for who they are or the lesson the experience taught, then you are much more able to move through that contrast with ease.

Don’t get me wrong. I understand that sometimes the contrast may seem so severe that you don’t understand how you could possibly be grateful for it. There are a couple of people that come to mind when I think about using gratitude to overcome adversity.

For instance, how can you possibly be grateful when you find your partner passed away on your laundry floor from an overdose and leaving you with 2 young children. Well my good mastermind buddy David Brooke (I.e. the gratitude guy) has done just that. After finding his wife passed away on the laundry floor and having 2 very young children to raise, he realised that he had to pick himself up and start focusing on that which he was grateful for. He is one of the most positive people I know and has become one of my best friends.

But what about this. How can you be grateful when you wake up one morning unable to move your body from the neck down? You find yourself paralysed after being a healthy, fit individual. Well, one of my other mastermind buddies “Marcus Aurelius Anderson” was in that exact situation. He is an incredible person and has also become one of my dearest friends. He is so inspirational, and he makes you realise that if you really want to overcome the adversity then it is possible.

He learnt to practice gratitude even when he couldn’t walk or move for over 3 months. The doctors told him that he would never walk again, and he was going to remain paralysed after one of the discs in his back exploded prior to heading away with the army.

I, myself have certainly learnt to practice gratitude regularly. For instance, I am a mother of 2 teenagers. I am incredibly blessed to have both in my life but raising 2 independent humans is never without contrast. Writing down the positive aspects of each of my children has allowed me to focus on those points during times when they may be challenging me.

BENEFIT #3 – GRATITUDE DRAWS MORE POSITIVE PEOPLE TOWARDS YOU

When you practice gratitude, you end up being a more positive, optimistic person. As we know, the vibrations we send out will align with others who are in the same vibration and will attract those people to us. By being grateful not only will people enjoy being around you more, but you will wind up having more quality friends.

BENEFIT #4 – PROMOTES HEALTH AND WELL BEING

There have been many studies that have shown how gratitude can promote health and wellbeing, ranging from reducing physical pain through to reducing the incidence of depression.

For instance, one study labelled the “Counting Blessings Versus Burdens” showed that keeping a gratitude journal caused participants to report 18% fewer physical symptoms, 19% moretime spent exercising, 10% less physical pain, 8% more sleep and even 25% better sleep quality.

Another study called the “Positive Psychology Progress” study showed that a gratitude visit reduced depressive symptoms by as much as 35% and gratitude journaling lowered depressive symptoms by at least 30% for as long as the practice was continued.

BENEFIT #5 – GRATITUDE PROMOTES SPIRITUALITY

This is one benefit I find to resonate with me. When you practice gratitude regularly you will find that it helps you feel closer to your superconscious and to god. This spiritual connection will then promote you feeling more emotionally connected to others, which will in turn bring people into your life that are going to help you progress on your personal life journey.

So then, how do you go about practicing gratitude?

Write in A Gratitude Journal

My absolute favourite method of practicing gratitude is to write in a journal every day. Within that journal you need to write down everything that you are grateful for, both big and small and if you like, a reason why you are grateful for it.

I like to write in my gratitude journal every morning and every night. First thing in the morning, when my subconscious mind is most open (within 30 minutes of waking up) I write what I am grateful for.

In the evening I also take advantage of a time when my subconscious mind is most open (within 30 minutes of going to sleep) and I write about all the amazing stuff that has happened during the day that I am grateful for.

Write Thank You Notes

One of the things I like to do regularly is to let all the people that I care about know how much I care for them and appreciate what they do for me. I do it spontaneously so that they are not expecting it and so that it makes them feel amazing.

You may find when doing this that you will have some of them come back and ask if you are OK and wondering if you are dying because very few expect it to happen.

Write a Book of Positive Aspects

This is one method you can use when you are having trouble being grateful for a certain person or experience in your life. Get yourself out a notebook and write the persons name or the experience at the top and start writing all the positive aspects you can think about them/it.

When you struggle to feel grateful you can then take out that book, revise it and start to focus on the positive aspects of them instead.

This is something I do with people in my life that challenge me, and I notice that it changes my whole perception to focus on their positive aspects instead of any negative/challenging traits they possess.

Please note: This article is from my book “Alter Your Money Mindset” which can be found on Amazon, which is why it is based on money, but it can be applied to anything you are wanting to manifest…