Better Quality of Life: The Rewards of Gratitude

February 24, 2011 at 5:00 am

You have the daily gift of 86,400 seconds to spend as you will—and you can almost certainly afford one second for gratitude. Meister Eckhart von Hochheim, a German philosopher and mystic born in the Thirteenth Century, calculated the seconds in a day to remind his students that gratitude has rewards. Here are ten for you to consider.

1. You’ll smile as you give gratitude for a favor done, and the doer will smile back. Laughter and smiles extend life and promote good health.

2. Gratitude strengthens relationships by making the thanker and the giver each more aware of their responsibility for the other’s well-being.

3. Expression of gratitude makes the recipient happy, rewarding them for having provided for you and encouraging them to do so at another time.

4. Your attitude turns more positive—think about it. If you focus on something good someone did, how can you think negatively?

5. You grow spiritually by recognizing another person’s gifts and talents.

6. A popular inspirational series, 48 Ways to Wisdom, says that acknowledging spiritual gifts by saying “I am now aware of something very important that I wasn’t paying attention to” helps you to recognize what you’re learning on your path to wisdom and enlightenment.

7. Expressing gratitude leads you to switch your focus from what is missing in life to the abundance that brings real joy. Remember that abundance is not just about what you have, it can be about what you were spared.

8. Saying, “Thank you, I’m grateful,” sets an example that can be easily paid forward by those around you. You’ll plant the seeds of a garden of happy interactions and reap the rewards of finding more love surrounding you.

9. “Thank you’s” and gratitude enhance your vision. You’ll see other people and yourself in a new frame of refernece when you take that short one second to acknowledge that it’s a beautiful world.

10. If your heart is filled with appreciation for all that you have and for those who care for you, you’ll be prepared to face adversity, when it comes, with courage and dignity.

Find a way to keep track of how consistently you feel grateful and how often you express it. You might keep a journal, log your grateful moments on your computer, or just pause and reflect when you’ve remembered to say thanks. A French proverb calls gratitude the memory of the heart. What a beautiful thought as we go about our days. Doesn’t it seem worth it to tithe one second out of nearly 100,000 on any given day and create a memory in your heart?

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  1. Jacqueline
    Jacqueline February 24, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Hello Taryn,
    I loved what you said in #1 about smiles extend life and promote good health, I believe this full heartily, when we get caught up in all of life’s bumps the experiences along the way, if we stay in them and let it eat at us, it does effect us, the best way to handle the ups and downs is to let if flow through, trusting that the outcome will be for the good, knowing that it always is.
    Laughter and happiness in gratitude is the best approach in life.

    Blessings and Big Hugs!
    Jacqueline x9472

  2. misskrystal
    misskrystal February 24, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I agree with this excellent article. It does help to show thanks, and helps lift the spirits of everyone around us. Thanks. Miss Krystal

  3. Gina Rose ext.9500
    Gina Rose ext.9500 February 24, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Again, another good article that involves giving in the form of gratitude.

    For example….Tip # 10, and tip # 7, appreciating what you do have in the present moment,……. is something that this old farmhouse, ( which I refer to as The Money Pit ,just like the movie), has taught me. LOL LOL !

    I’ve been slowly remodeling over the past ten years……I have to have the entire plumbing done in April, the ENTIRE plumbing!!!!, where they have to dig up under the foundation of the house….but I’ve learned to see the positive side of everything…..hey, I’m just grateful to have electricity and heat…..so life is good….could be alot worse. And the plumbing pros tell me that the plumbing should hold thru April SOOOOO….so far, so good.

    And I really LIVE tip # 7 everytime tornados come thru here and my home and life are spared……LOL…I’ve had some major damage from them over the years…but all in all, it could have been ALOT worse!

    Gratitude makes you see the world in an entirely different way and does help ease you thru life’s challenges.

    Blessed Be )O(
    Gina Rose ext.9500


  4. saphira5243 February 24, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Hi Taryn,

    I love the article! It is so true.
    Many of my clients lifes, have changed into a positive vibration,
    Bringing abundance and love onto thier lifes.
    Just by having gratitude!
    Many Blessing and Love
    Saphira x5243

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