We usually think of gratitude as an expression of thankfulness for abundant living. When we think about how blessed we are, or when someone does something for us, we often express gratitude by saying thank you. The problem is that the feeling is usually fleeting. We say “thank you” and move on. That doesn’t mean we don’t really feel that appreciation, it just means we’re human.

Maybe it’s time we start thinking of gratitude as the distinct emotion it can be — one that we can definitely feel more consistently. After all, if you were to make a positive emotions list, wouldn’t gratitude be near the top? When you’re feeling down, a moment of gratitude could raise your spirits. But the more gratitude we feel daily, under any situation, the more benefits we can receive.

A Google search for “what is gratitude” reveals this definition: “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” Try intending to make gratitude less of a passing “thanks” and more of a daily quality…a part of who you are.

 

Recognize Your Abundant Life Every Day

Renowned gratitude expert Robert Emmons argues that gratitude has two main parts. “First, it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.” He explains the second part of gratitude as more social. “We recognize that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves… We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers… gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.” Emmons also writes, “I see it as a relationship-strengthening emotion, because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.”

“An affirmation of goodness.” How’s that for positivity? If you have family, good friends, a home, meaningful work, and laughter in your life, you have goodness. It’s an abundant life in some way or another. Making gratitude your attitude can turn your thoughts away from problems and negativity, toward happier, higher thoughts that raise your emotional energy.

 

Find Gratitude and You May Find Emotional Healing

If you’re having trouble finding gratitude, you can try muscle testing and The Emotion Code™ to see if something is blocking you from it. Perhaps there is a Trapped Emotion in your way. You might also try keeping a gratitude journal, or taking a “gratitude” walk for a few minutes each day, thinking of how blessed you are as you stroll. If recognizing tangible blessings is a problem, think about the intangibles: the love of a friend, parent or child; fun or funny life experiences; creativity; your talents.

Gratitude doesn’t have to be reduced to a quick “thank you” at the end of a business call or “thanks for my blessings” during a moment of prayer or reflection. If you make gratitude a constant thread in your daily life, you’ll likely find yourself with a sunnier outlook and a higher vibration overall.