GRATITUDE: The ICE That Fills
Your Half Emoty Glass!
Author: 2005 Lance Beggs. All Rights reserved.
Are you completely happy in your life right now? Honestly?
Have you achieved all the success that you know is
If not, then perhaps you're missing this VITAL piece of the
A deep and profound feeling of gratitude must be an
ESSENTIAL component of who you are, if you wish to live a
life of permanent happiness and success.
I totally agree with Cicero when he said, "Gratitude is not
only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others."
The fact is, without complete unconditional gratitude, there
is no true happiness. And without an underlying foundation
of happiness, you cannot have success.
On the other hand, a person living in complete gratitude
cannot fail to be happy and successful.
For the short answer as to why this works, consider one of
the Universal Laws governing our lives which says that what
you focus your mind on, is what you get. Focus on negativity
and you will experience more negativity. Focus on the
positive, and you will experience more of the positive.
The power of gratitude is that it focuses your attention on
the positive aspects of your life. There is no room for fear
in any of its forms, when your mind is filled with a deep
and profound sense of gratitude. By focusing on the good and
positive aspects of your life, and expressing gratitude, you
will get even more of these positive experiences.
And even more powerful than that - look to your current and
past challenges and failures - and find a positive there.
Give thanks for it. And you will find that you've taken a
massive step in growing & learning from the experience, and
overcoming similar challenges in future.
Can't find a positive in your failures? You're just not
trying hard enough. Consider this quote by Confucius:
"I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who
had no feet."
There is always a positive. Find it, and express a deep and
unconditional gratitude. Your future success and happiness
depend on it.
Try not to limit yourself in who you express gratitude to.
It doesn't have to always be a person. You can also express
gratitude to an object (just for being), an experience, a
feeling, a sound, a colour, a view. You can thank a group of
people, a whole nation, the whole of humanity, nature, the
universe, God, the Universal Spirit, or collective
consciousness, or whichever other power you can relate to.
So what's the most effective way to express gratitude?
Let's look at 2 simple methods.
(1) Repeat after me: "Thank You!"
Awesome! I think you've got it. :)
You can make the expression as detailed and specific as you
wish, but there is something beautiful about a simple "Thank
You" when expressed with a deep and genuine love &
Try it now. Think of the person you most love in the world.
Perhaps your partner, your parents, or a friend? If you
can't think of anyone, then picture the type of person you'd
love to fall in love with. Focus on their image with
complete acceptance and love, and thank them!
"Thank you for just being you."
"Thank you for the joy you bring to my life."
Whatever you wish to thank them for, express it with genuine
love & gratitude.
There's NO WAY you can feel bad while expressing true
Try it again. If you're reading this article, then express
gratitude for the power of sight. If it's being read to you,
then give thanks for the miracle of sound.
It takes a bit of practice, but if you do this regularly,
your quality of life will improve dramatically.
And whenever you find your life is not quite on track, pause
to show gratitude for what you have here & now. You'll find
the right way forward.
(2) Now let's take it to another level. You may have heard
of the concept of a Gratitude Journal. This is powerful
If you're serious about your happiness, you MUST do this.
Buy a nice book, and as often as you can, record something
you're thankful for. Anything! It doesn't matter how big or
small. Just record whatever you're grateful for in you life.
Expressing your gratitude in writing, and reading it back to
yourself, increases the power a thousandfold.
Personally, I try to add five new entries per day.
And anytime you feel like a nice "pick-me-up", reach for
your Gratitude Journal.
You'll find it's full of inspiration - an uplifting reminder
of the good that you have in your life. It'll get your mind
back on the positive, and perhaps even sometimes you'll
experience that deep "knowing", that you really are perfect
exactly as you are, and that your life is perfect exactly as
Try it. Start today & see how your life improves.
If you want to see an example of how simple it is to express
gratitude via a Gratitude Journal, please have a look at
I have recently moved it online so that you can all see.
You will find it at:
Oh, and before I go, why not try this exercise for an hour
or so, and see how it makes you feel. Sit down somewhere
where you can watch people go past. Perhaps a cafe in the
city, or a seat on a train. For every person you see, give a
smile and send a silent "Thank You" to them. For no real
reason. Just because you can. Make it a silent outpouring of
love and gratitude - just for being.
It's silent, so there's no need to feel silly. Just try it.
You'll feel good, I promise.
THANK YOU for reading,