Download: Giving Thanks
Gratitude is a useless word. You hear everyone telling you to “be grateful” or “have an attitude of gratitude” but what does that even mean? How can an entitled culture feel gratitude?
Never before in history has a culture of geniuses been so clueless and entitled.
I want to clear up the confusion about what gratitude actually is. It’s not a t-shirt, a meme, a mastery course, a greeting card or an emoji. Gratitude is an emotion; Gratitude is a feeling.
Gratitude as emotion feels tingly, slightly uncomfortable, and invigorating. Think about a time in your life when something fantastic just happened to you. What did it feel like?
Gratitude is raw power. Your body surges with a sudden tingly energy. Your throat gets a little tight. You feel a brief moment of extreme levity followed by a few seconds of euphoria.
Love and gratitude are practically the same emotion. When you give thanks, you give love.
All you need to do in order to feel gratitude is to remember a moment that something really great happened and you were overtaken by emotion. It’s the moment you first fell in love. It’s the way it felt when you warmly hugged your parent as a child. It’s the way you may have felt seeing your child perform in a school play. Gratitude is everywhere you look.
You really do have much to be thankful for – a dry place to sleep; food to eat; clean water; a job to go to; a family to hold on to; a new day to enjoy the simple things that keep us going.
Don’t just say you’re thankful – feel it in your soul. That is how you invite more blessings. Posting memes and quotes about gratitude does nothing. Wearing a gratitude t shirt does nothing.
Life is an endless stream of emotional experiences. And It is our emotions, not mere thoughts or words, that dictate whether or not we live a life of joy or a life of pain.
Gratitude happens the moment you finally realize life isn’t such a bad place after all.
It is amazing to be alive. Do you feel this way too?