According to the dictionary, it is the quality of being thankful. It can also mean ready to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Why is this so important to our success and happiness?
Think of two children for a moment. One is that child everyone loves. He’s happy, cooperative and excited over any little gift or kindness. Rushing away after a sincere thank you and hug, he shares his gift with others. You want to surprise him with a little something just to see his reaction.
The other child is stubborn, recalcitrant, and no matter what you do for him, it’s never enough. He wanted the red one, not the blue. Why did you get him a toy car instead of a toy truck? Why are you always putting him in time-out, just because he got mad at not getting what he wanted? You should have known… The new toy or treat is thrown onto the floor before he turns his back and stomps away.
Which child are you going to favor? Do you reward the ungrateful child for his temper tantrums and his rudeness by trying to second guess what he’ll want today?
Or will he be passed over in favor of the child who is happy to get anything you bring for him?
The universe is the same way.
Unless you can be thankful for where you are and what you have, why should it give you anything different? If all you do is complain about your circumstances, why should you have something better?
Find things in your life for which you can give thanks. Do you have a roof over your head? A job? Transportation to that job? Is there food on your table?
Maybe you’re one of those people blessed with good health. With medical costs as high as they are, that is definitely something you can be grateful for.
Make a list of all the good things in your life. As you write each one down, say thank you. Do it each day, until being grateful or thankful is your way of life.
When it comes to life and its blessings, it all starts with Gratitude. If your requests aren’t founded in gratitude, very little will come of them.
What is the key to the universe? I’m not sure about all of that. But I do know that Gratitude plays a great role.
Gratitude. Make it a way of life.