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Gratitude - The Power in Being Thankful!

Updated on November 15, 2016
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Kathryn Skaggs is the founder of Latter-day Saint Women Stand, a community of over 50K faithful Latter-day Saint women who love their faith!

Gratitude - The Power By Which We Are Saved

Gratitude - Why a Thankful Heart is So Important To Our Happiness

Just recently I have been giving a lot of thought about personally needing to develop a deeper gratitude for those things which I am truly thankful for - and the power which comes into our lives when we choose to live with such consciousness. Gratitude is a powerful, saving principle with amazing personal results when practiced. Does this imply that gratitude is a skill?

Shouldn't gratitude come as a natural affection? Could it be that gratitude can be learned, thus taught?

If you happen to believe in God, then you might want to recall that to thank God is an actual commandment. Why would God require His children to "thank" Him? At first thought this might seem somewhat narcissistic. But thinking like that could be considered blasphemous... so we won't!

But, do you think that God really needs His children to say "thank you" in order to make Him feel better in some way? I'm not suggesting that God, who is the Parent of all parents - doesn't enjoy hearing and knowing that we are grateful, and not spoiled children -- but is He the one that needs our gratitude? I mean, after all, He created this wonderful world of which we all benefit from, gives us life and even the air we breath.

So, why would and does God command us to thank Him - if He does not have a need to hear it or even know it? Remember, God knows all things --- already.

Well, I believe that like all the commandments that God requires of those who love Him, commandments or laws - are meant to bless us. I believe that gratitude is perhaps the single most powerful commandment - which God has given His children.

Thankfulness, Evokes Deep Emotions of Gratitude...

Think Before You Weep

If your arteries have hardened

And arthritis slows your gait,

If your tired blood is stubborn,

Not inclined to circulate;

If your dancing days are over

And you cannot do the twist,

If your time is spent in brooding

O'er the many things you've missed.

If you're constantly complaining

On your rocker or your couch;

If you're ornery and cranky

And becoming quite a grouch;

Well, if this is your condition

And you get no sympathy,

Then it's time you started trying

A new kind of therapy.

Though you have your share of trouble,

Think of others with more pain,

Like the fellow in his wheelchair,

Who will never walk again.

Take time to write a letter.

And while pen is in your palm,

Thank the good Lord up above you,

For the use of that right arm.

Try relaxing in the sunshine,

Note each flower, bird and tree,

Then appreciate your eyesight;

There are many who can't see.

When you tune in television

And each sound is loud and clear,

Just think of those who'd give a lot,

If only they could hear.

Yes, I've practiced what I'm preaching,

And I've learned there's joy to reap;

If you stop and count your blessings

And just "think before you weep".

~~ Author Unknown ~~

The Benefits of Gratitude for a Spiritual Life...

James E. Faust, an Apostle of the Lord, who served as a member of the First Presidency in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints - had this to say, about gratitude:

James E. Faust, “Gratitude As a Saving Principle,” Ensign, Dec 1996,

"I desire to discuss gratitude as an expression of faith and as a saving principle. The Lord has said, “And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments” (D&C 59:21). It is clear to me from this scripture that to “thank the Lord thy God in all things” (D&C 59:7) is more than a social courtesy; it is a binding commandment."

What is a binding commandment? Well, I would submit to you - that we are talking about a covenant. Covenants are contracts with God, which are much different that man-made contracts. Covenants are never equal, as to who benefits. Man is always the one who makes out - when making and keeping a covenant with God.

When President Faust refers to gratitude - as an expression of faith and a saving principle, I believe that he has taught an eternal truth, in regards to the importance of this great commandment and our ability to receive needed blessings from God. Not only needed blessings, but blessings which God desires to bestow upon us... if, we will but keep His commandments.

I love the first commandment, which we know is the Greatest, and of course the second - is like unto it.... then - the added knowledge, that upon these two commandments, hang all the laws and the prophets!

Matthew Chapter 22: 37-40

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Gratitude Recognizes All Living Things and Cause Us to Be Grateful That We Are Alive!

To love, is to know that you are alive!
To love, is to know that you are alive!
Gratitude is to acknowledge the bounties of this earth... in all their variety!
Gratitude is to acknowledge the bounties of this earth... in all their variety!
Gratitude is in the details of our life.
Gratitude is in the details of our life.

Gratitude: Requirements and Blessings

That's big! God not only tells us, or rather commands us to love Him, above all else (the requirement) -- but, He is very specific in how we are to do so.

Is God just being demanding?

  1. Heart - that which we treasure above all else. (emotions)
  2. Might - with the determination and focus that we are capable. (desires)
  3. Mind - in every thought. (thoughts)
  4. Strength - by the physical doing of which we have abilities. (actions)

He even said - to give "all" of ourselves in doing so - in order to fulfill the keeping of this commandment.

President Faust goes on to say -

"One of the evils of our time is taking for granted so many of the things we enjoy. This was spoken of by the Lord: “For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift?” (D&C 88:33). The Apostle Paul described our day to Timothy when he wrote that in the last days “men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy” (2 Tim. 3:2). These sins are fellow travelers, and ingratitude makes one susceptible to all of them."

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something,

for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.

During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,

because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,

because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.

They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary,

because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who

are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,

and they can become your blessings.

~~ Author Unknown ~~

Gratitude Brings Forth the Greatest of All the Blessings of God.

Can we now better see the blessings of keeping the commandment to love God, and specifically in the way He has set forth? And look at the blessings of acknowledging Him above all other things in our lives.

In my opinion, it would be impossible to keep the first commandment - without applying the powerful principle, of gratitude.

In fact, to have gratitude for what God has given us, is the act of loving Him - above all else.

When we acknowledge the magnificent blessings which life abundantly offers each of us, and in such very personal ways, this is to know without a doubt - that He is.

Adversity, which God allows - is meant to help us be thankful.

Many people find this principle difficult to comprehend. When we think about our own journey here upon the earth we will find that those things which we are most grateful for and about, are in direct contrast - to those same experiences, which have been most likely, also the most difficult in in our lives.

I like to refer to this as the law or doctrine of opposition. It is truly magnificient how this principle works.

I can't help but think of parenting, as one excellent example. Being a parent, has given me the most challenges of my life, as well as the most joy. Being a mother is one of the blessings, that I am most grateful to acknowledge. But what a ride! Need I say more.

Marriage. Being married to someone so different that myself has brought many challenges and difficulties, but working together to overcome these obstacles has caused me to treasure my marriage above all other earthly relationships. My marriage is the greatest blessing I have in this life. How grateful I am for a loving and patient partner.

When we come to understand God's plan for us, and how we are able to come to know Him through these kinds of experiences it then becomes more clear in recognizing just how adversity can bring forth deep gratitude for God. That which we experience in this life is meant to bring us to God.

Gratitude then, becomes very personal. In fact, it is the prayer of the faithful heart, the thoughts of the prayerful soul, the desires which one focuses on, until that life - is one of gratitude... or is godly.

Gratitude can bring the thankful heart, to the One - Who is The Source of all blessings... and thus becomes a truly powerful act of faith and a saving principle.

This, from a kind and loving Father in Heaven - who desires to bless us daily, as we acknowledge His Hand, in all things.

It is my personal belief, that gratitude is the very key to all spiritual, physical and emotional healing. Gratitude when exercised, can literally make us - Holy.

Gratitude. To Be grateful, is the highest form of worship, which is the keeping of all of God's commandments.

In God's First and Greatest commandment, He teaches us how to Be thankful and show gratitude. Apparently, this requires our best efforts - and His tender loving Grace and Mercy -- by which He teaches us how to acquire Gratitude and obtain His Greatest Blessings!



Kathryn Skaggs

To Be Grateful, Is To Know That You Have Lived Your Life To The Fullest!

LdsNana-AskMormon Acknowledgements and Requests...

If you enjoyed this hub, please give it a thumbs-up:-) Thanks.

I would like to acknowledge "Creative Sam" for the lovely photography that is provided here... which causes me personally - to experience deep feelings of gratitude - for the beauty of everything that surrounds us continually.

Thank you, for taking the time to read this hub...

Please feel free to share your thoughts about the power of gratitude in your life...

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    2 years ago

    "And not only that, but we Glory in tribulation, knowing that tribulation leads to perseverance, perseverance to character, and character to Hope." Romans 5:3-4

    "In every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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    mahendra kumar 

    8 years ago

    its such a simple way to feel great - thanks

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    8 years ago

    Very impressive. You have a very special writing style

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    8 years ago

    My life has changed in so many ways by being grateful for the things God has givin me. I pray that this will continue and grow, and that others will also continue and grow to be greatful for the things that God has done. I am recently in a couple days going to give a persuasive speech on the power of being thankful, and this really helped me to get ideas on what to say. Thank you. It was very incouraging to read this.

    -Cara Sullivan

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    9 years ago

    Gratitude is the only remedy for the cocky human behavior that appears to destroy more than it is capable of creating.

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    10 years ago

    i love this

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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    10 years ago from Southern California

    Emohealer -

    Thank you.


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    Sioux Ramos 

    10 years ago from South Carolina

    Just found this wonderful hub, i appreciate it and will be attaching a link, this is worth sharing more than once.

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    10 years ago from malang-indonesia

    gratitude, I just say it to my GOD. We have to say this in anywhere,whatever happens with us. nice hub, I like it.

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    10 years ago from India

    Brilliant Hub. I just loved it, me being a newcomer over, have written a similar hub to start with, and hence I can relate to it. Keep up the good work.

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    10 years ago from NW Indiana

    I do believe that we should all be thankful for life and whatever we can do to make it better. I am not so sure all the religious stuff is necessary to make the point but whatever it takes to get through to those who do not believe. I know it works for some. Positive hub!

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    TLC Grandparent 

    10 years ago from Maryland, USA

    Your article here really puts gratitude in the proper perspective. We all have so much to be grateful for: our knowledge and faith in God, our spouse. It's a very well written article. Thank you.

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    10 years ago

    Ldsnana, Great Hub!! It is always a delite to receve notice of One of your Works of Art. Gratitude sometimes seems like, to little for One who Givies Us so much ! THANK you for the Thoughtful and insightful article !

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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    10 years ago from Southern California

    Claudia -

    Thank you for taking the time to read, and comment:-)



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    Claudia Goldstein 

    10 years ago

    Wow, this hub was so beautiful, the message touched my heart

    loved the pictures, too. Grateful to be able to receive this message.

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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    10 years ago from Southern California

    Rochelle -

    I understand what you are saying.   I believe that adversity is opportunity, too, when seen in proper perspective...

    Your experience of NOT being able to go from one place to another on campus to grab that snack, created an opportunity for you - which became a blessing.  Some might have felt that it was wasted time, not being able to do what they would have wanted.  Not you - you saw it as an opportunity.

    I think we are on the same page:-)



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    Rochelle Frank 

    10 years ago from California Gold Country

    Actually, I thought of it as more of an opportuity than an adversity. Opportunities may bring more blessings than adversities-- if we can only recognize them.

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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    10 years ago from Southern California

    Rochelle -

    Truly, adversity brings forth the blessings of heaven... if we will but turn to Him:-)



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    Rochelle Frank 

    10 years ago from California Gold Country

    Yes, you are quite right. during one college semester I had a break between classes that was Twenty minutes instead of the usual ten. Since it was on the "upper campus" it wasn't really long enough to go down to the the 'lower campus" commons and grab a snack. I found an empty classroom between my two classes where I sat alone and thought about what i was thankful for, sometimes a read a chapter or two of my New Testament for 15 minutes- three times a week.

    That was the least stressful, most productive semester of my whole college career. I was always ahead of schedule on asignments, and did lots of extra writing for the college paper. I can remember someone asking me why I was always smiling.

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    Stephanie Hicks 

    10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Helpful words for everyone - during the Thanksgiving season and always. The power of being thankful is strengthening indeed.

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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    10 years ago from Southern California

    Willis -

    Yes, it is a good time to remember what we are thankful for, and why. Thank you for your words of support:-)



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    Willis Whitlock 

    10 years ago

    I just read this. It's a good one for Thanksgivivn next week.

    I'm grateful for good friends who blog good stuff. (That would be you)

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    11 years ago

    well done, truly inspirational, am moved, lovely images too. !

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    11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    truly a grateful heart draws in more things to be gratefule about. very empowering. thank you.

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    Stephen olwete Mukuna 

    11 years ago

    thank you for making me to appreciate myself and my creators work

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    Michelle Simtoco 

    11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    A powerful hub Nana! Every day I am learning over and over how gratitude can change one's attitude to problems, challenges and allows me to live a happier life! God bless you. :-)


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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    11 years ago from Southern California

    desert blondie,

    Thank you. I am really beginning to believe that "gratitude" is the secret to the happy life that so many are seeking. As you shared, focusing on what we are grateful for brings immediate peace.

    That is huge, isn't it? Such a simple remedy for many of our ailments:-)

    Thanks for taking the time to comment.



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    desert blondie 

    11 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

    wonderful hub! Am more at peace this moment just for having read it! Being thankful is a major behavior of mine...spent too many years never even really considering it...NOW, I have so much peace and joy just remembering, focusing, on being grateful, thankful. You've written this beautifully and I also enjoyed the moving photographs!

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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    11 years ago from Southern California


    Thank "you" for all you contribute here on hubpages. It really is a pleasure to know people, like yourself - here on the hub.



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    Peter M. Lopez 

    11 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

    I'm thankful for hubs such as this. Nice hub, Nana.

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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    11 years ago from Southern California

    Yippity -

    Well... I hope that is all fixed up now:-) Hope to see more of you!



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    11 years ago from USA

    Hi There!

    It is great to see you as well.

    I haven't been getting notifications via email from Hupages for about a month and a half...

    I miss alot until I come in here and gifted with all of the new Hubs.

    Living Abundantly is also Awesome...There is Abundance Everywhere! I am so Grateful for that.

    Keep being your wonderful self!

    Have a Dynamic Day!


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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    11 years ago from Southern California

    Yippity -

    How are you doing? It is really nice to know you are still around here on HP!

    I like how you refer to gratitude as "living in gratitude daily". This is what I need to work on more in my own life. I think I am a pretty grateful person overall, but I think I need to work on the details of my own life and truly live more abundantly - in gratitude:-)

    It certainly brings much more light into our lives.

    Thank you for taking the time to comment. I am really glad to hear from you!



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    11 years ago from USA

    Hi There!

    Thank You so much for the beautiful Hub on Gratitude.

    Living in Gratitude daily has made me a more Joyful Woman. I have learned that before I even open up my eyes in the morning from sleep, I think of the gratitude that I have for those lovely Birds singing in my 8 Blue Spruce Trees on the east side of my house. They are such a joy...even in the early hours of morning.

    i find living in gratitude only brings more to be grateful for and it just goes on and on.

    Have A Dynamic Day!

    Have A Day Of Gratitude!


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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    11 years ago from Southern California

    amy jane,

    Thank you for such a lovely comment. I'm with you on this one... It becomes pretty difficult to remain in a depressed state, if one is focused on their blessings.

    Gratitude lifts and moves us forward, whereas depression is simply being in a deeply pressed state - from focusing on our "own" negative issues. Quite selfish, huh?

    It really is a skill to be able to control our thoughts. We have a choice as to what we will think about, thus the results of those meditations.

    I really want to better exercise my choice, to be more grateful and therefore a happier and more blessed individual.

    Thank you for noting the skill involved with the choice of gratitude. I do believe that this skill is ultimately a gift, which comes from the Grace of God. I believe that if we pray to be more grateful in our hearts, that this is perhaps the best way to develop this gift of gratitude.

    Although I did not make this comment in my hub, I truly believe that gratitude, is a gift of the spirit.

    Thanks for commenting amy jane:-)



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    amy jane 

    11 years ago from Connecticut

    This is an excellent hub- I really enjoyed it all! Learning to be thankful in all times is a valuable skill! It keeps a heart and mind free from fear, anxiety and depression (in my opinion). Thank you for the beautiful reminder. You are a gem :)

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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    11 years ago from Southern California

    secondsamuel -

    You bring out a very powerful point here... As the very children of God, yes - you are right... we are just like Him.

    Or, I should say we have the potential throughout eternity to become like Him. I believe as well - that He is like us too - but, He is Exalted and Perfect in Every way!

    I have come to believe, that it is His desire to teach us to become just like Him, therefore He has blessed us with commandments.

    Jesus Christ beckons us to "Come Follow Him", for He too is Perfect...

    I have a testimony, that our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ are very very personal Beings.



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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    11 years ago from Southern California

    Hi shallini -

    Thank you so much for visiting. I enjoy reading many of your hubs too. I love the thumbs up! Again, thank you!



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    11 years ago from Seneca SC

    The bible says that God created us in His own image. We as humans like to be shown gratitude when we do some good deed for our fellow man. We like to be asknowledged. The word of God teaches us to acknowledge God in all that we do or think or say. I think God has a personality just like we humans. He created us with a personality similar to His own. Collosians 3:15

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    11 years ago from Bangalore, India

    just awesome reading..thumbs up..


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