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The Mechanics of Gratitude: Why Gratitude Works

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The Mechanics of GratitudeYou have been advised to adopt and maintain an attitude of gratitude in order to be happy, and create more of what you want in your life.

You may have wondered – why is the practice of gratitude so important?

The key is the acceptance and embracing of what you see. Your gratitude for your present circumstances, relationships and situations ensures that you have identified the key vibration that signals your particular form of joy. Each of you has a particular form of joy, a particular tone or note or feeling than means ‘happy’ to you. This can be recognized as the feeling of carefree relaxation of tension, the inner peace that lets you know all is well no matter the outward circumstances.

Whatever your signal for joy may be – and it is well if you practice creating this signal, recognizing it and giving thanks for it – you can experience it any time. Yes, any time at all – your outward circumstances cannot prevent your joy signal from touching your awareness.

Gratitude can be your shortcut to joy. Giving thanks for your life, your consciousness, your experiences, your relationships – whatever holds that signal of your joy for you – can flip negativity over and expose the positivity that surrounds you. This positivity is the love of God that has seeped into your Earth mind at least for the moment. Seize it – hold it, feel it and give thanks for it. This is how the cycle continues – continually give thanks and find more and more to be thankful for, until at every moment, your joy signal continues unabated, and more importantly – you are aware of it.

Gratitude serves as the chemical/emotional/spiritual catalyst to your joy. The feeling nature is the same, and since like attracts like, the feelings increase in accordance with your intentions and practice. So, practice the mechanics of gratitude – “In all things give thanks, for this is the will of God for you,” as the scripture says.  This means that, no matter what is happening in your life, the correct attitude – the attitude that leads to happiness – is to give thanks, to be grateful. You may view your circumstances as negative, but if you are grateful for the experience, its true meaning is given space to reveal itself to you. You may receive insight and perspective above and beyond your normal way of viewing your life. Simply by giving thanks for everything, without exception, you connect with your inner Godly mind and your personal signal for joy. That feeling, that signal, is your passport to the joy you were created to feel, always.

It may sound insane to say, for instance, “Thank you for this job layoff; thank you for the ending of this relationship; thank you for the loss of this beloved person/place/thing,” but in doing so you release judgment, and let the lesson of the circumstance begin to come into your awareness. As you express gratitude, you acknowledge that you do not know the meaning of these events, that you are open to know their meaning, and that you accept the events in your life. What a difference from your normal way of viewing seemingly negative events! You tend to dismiss them, rationalize them, make excuses for them, curse God or your fellow man for them.
Giving thanks for everything changes your whole attitude and perspective, thereby opening the way for your Godly mind to become more and more your usual way of thinking in the world, and leading inevitably to your total joy and fulfillment.

  • PAUL TUTHILL

    Nice Barbara, nice. Even though  I know I can live and die on gratitude; yet do I need reminders,  Yours was a blessing to me this morning!
    Thank you Barbara!

    Paul

  • Beautiful post Barbara and a wonderful reminder that this all is a gift – even if it sometimes comes in some pretty strange wrapping paper. 🙂

  • Beautiful post Barbara and a wonderful reminder that this all is a gift – even if it sometimes comes in some pretty strange wrapping paper. 🙂

  • Beautiful post Barbara and a wonderful reminder that this all is a gift – even if it sometimes comes in some pretty strange wrapping paper. 🙂

  • Jacqueline901647

    Hi Barbara,  Your words on gratitude I would keep close to my heart. 

  • Rosy131166

    thank you Barbara for the encouragement

  • Elvirasaet

    Im blessed ,inspired and eligthened on your sharing about ” GRATITUDE” Yes!I need to be grateful and be thankful whatever may comes in my life.Out of these things negatives or positives herewith enveloped a hidden TREASURES for me to use in my journey home to heaven.Ithank GOD for your lives youve played a big role in my restoration serving GOD. More DIVINE PROVISIONS be upon you.
     

  • Barbara

    Thanks, All, for you comments! It is a wonderful thing to be able to give thanks in all circumstances, knowing that all things work together for Good.

  • Jbjaivictory8

    This is truly an inspiring message. It encourages everyone to realize that by having a right thinking will lead to right living. Its a matter of being grateful whatever comes our way… Thank you Ms. Barbara

  • Wendy Morling

    I understand the attitude of gratitude and have been using it for many years – when i remember to!  One thing that confuses me is how can I be grateful for chronic fatigue?? It is debilitating and I do not have the energy to do all the things I want to do.  I would be ‘grateful’ if you can give me another perspective on this and the advantages of being grateful in these circumstances.

    Many thanks,  Wendy

  • Wendy Morling

    I understand the attitude of gratitude and have been using it for many years – when i remember to!  One thing that confuses me is how can I be grateful for chronic fatigue?? It is debilitating and I do not have the energy to do all the things I want to do.  I would be ‘grateful’ if you can give me another perspective on this and the advantages of being grateful in these circumstances.

    Many thanks,  Wendy

  • vickie

    hello! i received from this technique very much! i went througha difficult time,  Friday i extnded blessings, love, the man I was in love with abruptly married someone else…abruptly…we could not have a middle ground for the last 6 mths..2 wks a go i talked with him..unknown to me Friday he was suppose to get married..that eve…i sent blessings,love and he married someone else in a bar…… the next day.. saturday…..i am in much desire to heal………if you could extend me some love & blessings at this time… i really need it…………………………..

  • Barbara

    Hi Wendy! Thank you for opening to receive a higher perspective on your fatigue! What if you told yourself something like, “I do not know what this fatigue means. I admit that I do not know what is for… but I am willing to give thanks that it has presented itself in my life so that I can recognize whatever it is communicating to me. I ask to be led gently to the message in this life experience, and I am grateful for the opportunity to heal what is wanting to heal.”

  • Barbara

    Hi Vickie!
    Sending love and blessings to you! If you knew that everything in your life was a message from Spirit, and that everything is working together for your highest good, would you feel differently about this man’s marriage? Can you trust that all is well and give thanks even in this circumstance?

  • Eggsmrty

    SCAM  a total Scam. First Barbara you charge people $25.00 for 1 question your charges range all the way to $75.00 for 1 hour  private session from a “Spirit” that you cannot identify and you claim nonsense about the “Holy Spirit.” You are a scam artist. You mention God usuall in some univerasal quote every so often and never mention Jesus. I will bet you have never read the Bible. You are a dangerous person desperate to make money any way you can. Why don’t you admit it you are a medium who surrounds herself with spirits/demons when you give a $75.00 reading to some poor sucker

    The nonsense you state on your web page has nothing to do with the Trinity. 

    New age JUNK

  • suckered-by-lies

    good con job.  way to suck in the suckers.

  • suckered-by-lies

    good con job.  way to suck in the suckers.