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The Law of Attraction and You: Gratitude

Updated on June 21, 2014
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What is Gratitude:

Gratitude is the feeling of being thankful or grateful for something you have or have been given. It is appreciation.

Gratitude is a positive feeling of acceptance, joy, and love.

When you are grateful for something you cherish it, respect it, and truly feel blessed for having it in your life.

Why is it important:

When you study the law of attraction you learn that like attracts like. The more good feelings you have, the more events take place in your life to support those good feelings and bring even more of them to you.

Feeling grateful has been said to be the most effective way to bring positive things, events, and feelings into your life. Because it is such a powerful feeling it pulls that much more positive energy in your direction.

It is impossible to have a negative feeling at the same time as you have a positive one. The more you look around and find things to be grateful for, the better you will feel, the more good you bring into your life. That is why it is so important, because it keeps you in a positive mindset.

Taking things for granted:

When we take things for granted, and we all do, we tell the universe that we don't appreciate them. Whether it is a negative or neutral feeling, it certainly isn't a positive one.

How do you feel when you are taken for granted? Pretty crummy right? You aren't going to be motivated or driven to keep doing the things that no one seems to notice, appreciate, or thank you for. Even a simple "thank you" is enough sometimes when we do nice things for others. It is the same way with the energy of the universe which dictates the law of attraction.

In order to bring more into your life through the law of attraction you must be grateful for what you already have. This tells the universal energy that you appreciate it, you respect it, you love it, and you feel blessed for having it. It is your way of saying "thank you" to the universe so that the universe is more motivated to give you even more.

I don't have much, what is there to be grateful for?

Oh, come on now. If you stop to think about it I'm sure you can come up with an entire book full of things you can be grateful for. Most of the things we need to be appreciating are the things we have been taking for granted so long we don't even realize what a blessing they truly are!

  • Your health, your senses, your brain, your entire body
  • A roof over your head, food to eat, a bed to sleep in
  • Friends, family, people who love and care for you
  • Technology, vehicles, communication, education, information
  • Nature, water, trees, birds, flowers, grass, mountains, scenic views

Start big and go small or start small and go big, the choice is yours. There are millions of things to be thankful for in your life. All you need to do is look around.

Change your way of thinking:

If there is something that you find yourself struggling with, say you want more money yet you can't seem to be grateful for something you don't have or don't have enough of; or maybe you want to have a loving relationship but you're single and alone with no prospects.

It can be difficult to change your way of thinking, especially when you've been looking at it in a negative way for so long. Here are a few helpful tips to get you going in the right direction:

Unemployed: I am grateful to the opportunity to get to know myself better and to have more time to get things done that I have put off in the past. I am grateful for the freedom to explore all of the different job opportunities out there for me so that I can find one that I love and is just right for me.

In debt: I am grateful for the patients and understanding of the utility companies for extending their services to me. I am grateful for this lesson in humility. I am grateful for the challenge in math and budgeting that gives me an even better understanding of how many things I have been blessed with in my life.

Wanting a relationship: I am grateful for this time to explore myself so that when I find my perfect mate I will know that they are the one for me. I am grateful for my independence. I am grateful for the love and support of my family and friends.

Whatever the case may be, there is always a way to turn it around into positive thinking. Will Smith gave an interview one time where he said he finally understood how death could be considered a blessing. It isn't a straight line of birth, life, death. It is a circle of birth, life, death, rebirth. So when someone or something dies in your life you can ask yourself "what is the rebirth that God has in store for me?"

Final Thoughts:

Wake each day and count your blessings. You will find that there are more blessings to be found as your day goes on.

The more blessings you count, the better you feel.

The better you feel the more positive energy you give out.

The more positive energy you give out, the more positive energy returns to you.

The more positive energy returns to you, the more things you have to be grateful for & the more blessings you have to count!


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    • Marquese T Davis profile image

      Marquese Davis 3 years ago from Connecticut

      Excellent article. I practice LOA every single day and it has changed my life. I think it is something that everyone should try at least once.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Well done and thoughtfully explained. Sharing.

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      Vin Chauhun 3 years ago from Durban

      I don't believe in the Law of attraction - but I believe in being positive. When you are positive, your mind is open to new possibilities and that way you can seize any opportunity that comes your way. If you want a job, you have to look at all the options available to u, and then think of stuff u have not considered in your wildest dream. The same goes for anything else you want. Being pro-active is the way to go.

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      You're right Kerry43, it's about making a conscious effort to remember these things. Thanks for your comment!

      I appreciate you reading & commenting.

      Have a great day!

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      Kerry43 5 years ago

      Hello:) It is so important to practice these things on a daily basis, I agree it is too easy to become complacent and not be grateful for the little things.

      I love this topic, thank you so much:)


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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      I'm happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by & commenting Joy56.

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      Joy56 5 years ago

      I so enjoyed this article there is a lot to say to positivity, and a reminder is always welcome.

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      I'm grateful you enjoyed the article :)

      Thanks for your comment Teresa, I totally agree with you.

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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think we all sometimes forget the beauty of our earth and sink into a well of depression weighed down with our problems. It is much easier said than done for most. But, the rewards of positive thinking are so much more fulfilling. Great article.

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you Denise, I really appreciate you taking the time to read & comment. You're right; remembering to find the things to be grateful for make such a big difference.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I love this hub-gratitude is so very important in one's life, I feel. I rated this UP and Awesome. :)

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      It's the easiest way to keep positive. You can't feel bad & good at the same time, so if you're able to have something you're grateful for, then that will chase the bad feelings away :)

      Thanks for your comment kimberlie33 ~ I appreciate you taking the time to read my hubs :)

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      Kimberlie Kacan 5 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      It makes sense that the more you are grateful for, the more you will receive. Thanks for the reminder to keep it positive!

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      Bobby Isenhower 5 years ago from Crothersville, IN

      Yeah. You have to be grateful of the things you have. I mean if you are still living you should be grateful. I grew up in a poor house hold while i was growing up and it only made me appreciate and be grateful for where im at today.

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks isenhower33. It is a great book. People often tend to overlook so many things. Remembering to be grateful can really change not only your perspective, but your whole day (and life).

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      Bobby Isenhower 5 years ago from Crothersville, IN

      Law of attraction is great :) One of my favorite books is "the secret". If you like that you'll like my hub as well :)

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      Thank You Hudson Mohawk Press.

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      HudsonMohawkPress 5 years ago from Latham, NY

      The movie “The Secret” was a good introduction to the basics of the Law of Attraction but it downplayed the hard work that is needed to make things happen. Thinking or affirming things into being is not really how it works. But change is possible if the Law of Attraction is combined with action. It is amazing what can happen with focus and persistence. I continue to be impressed by the power of the universal message of the “New Thought” teachers of the last 100 years, and the relevance of their ideas today. I always go back to William Walker Atkinson’s book “Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World” when I need an explanation of how the Law of Attraction REALLY works. Check out the new updated gender neutral edition at