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August 5, 2010 / Donna

EXPRESSING GRATITUDE – The Effective vs Ineffective Way

Did you know that there is an effective and an ineffective way to express gratitude?

Unfortunately, the ineffective way is far more common.  This is where most people express their gratitude.  I did as well until I found a far more powerful way to practice gratitude.  My dear friend Mike at GratitudeLog.com taught me how to effectively express my gratitude everyday, and believe me it made a big difference in my life.

First I will explain the ineffective way to express gratitude.

This is the gratitude that you express for what is happening in your life right now.  It is similar to the gratitude and appreciation we learn as a child.  To give thanks.   This is why so many people express their gratitude this way.  It makes sense.

These include :

* your health
* your relationships
* your material possessions
* your friends and family
* a nice vacation

Often the problem with the above form of gratitude is that it comes from a place of lack.  If you have ever expressed gratitude while thinking “at least… I am healthy, or at least I have a great family” then you know what I mean.

This form of gratitude is extremely weak because it is  based on the present circumstances.  In other words, this form of gratitude is conditional.  It makes it sound like you are grateful “only if you have good health, a great relationship, etc…”

Unfortunately, conditional gratitude fails to activate the law of attraction.  The universe does not respond to conditional requests.

The second form of gratitude is complete in that it is a celebration of life itself, for all the experiences you are having. One other key difference is this; Effective gratitude comes from an underlying attitude vs a temporary focus on one item or thing to be grateful for.

With practice, this holistic form of gratitude can  become second nature.  When it does, the law of  attraction will flow far more easily into your life.

The more powerful form of gratitude includes items such as:

* your life
* this awesome planet
* for being who you are
* for future events
* for problems, challenges, and hardships
* for your mistakes
* for your mind
* for your freedom

In other words, you become grateful for this amazing journey of your life regardless of what happens and where it takes you because you know that it is just right for you and that everything is happening for a reason.

When you are expressing effective gratitude, fear and loss disappear. There is no focus on any lack and when you reach this state, that is when abundance can truly start flowing into your life.

Being grateful for what you have in your life (your health, relationships, etc.) has its place.  But when you start feeling truly grateful for everything that is happening in your life and open your heart, you will be amazed at how quickly the universe will start to answer.

So, start creating these feelings now, even in the most unlikely or unpleasant circumstances and notice how you begin to attract whatever you focus on into your life.

Namaste!

Donna

Note:  I have to give thanks to my friend Mike of GratitudeLog.com. His gentle nudges has helped me to be where I am today.

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