Career & Finance

The Truth About Your Finances And the Power of Gratitude


The wonderful thing about gratitude is that the more you express gratitude, the more things you will receive in your lives to be grateful for. By having gratitude, you are opening the doors to more possibilities and more good things in life for yourself. The law of attraction never fails you.

For years, research has shown gratitude not only reduces stress, but it may also play a major role in overcoming trauma.  A 2006 study published in Behavior Research and Therapy found that Vietnam War Veterans with higher levels of gratitude experienced lower rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  A 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that gratitude was a major contributor to resilience following the terrorist attacks on September 11.  Recognizing all you have to be thankful for – even during the worst times of your life – fosters resilience.

When we focus on the good things happening in our lives and expressing our gratitude for it, we focus on things we do want in our lives than things we do not want. We become more optimistic, more positive and more able to attract the abundance in our lives.

You may feel that you do not have enough money in your life. Or you may be in debt this very moment. You wonder what is there to be grateful about in a dire situation like yours?

This is when you need to change your thought of mind. Even in the struggles of life, we need to find things we are grateful for.

It’s too easy to get caught up in a mental war, thinking “why me?” and “it’s not fair!” when something doesn’t go according to plan. It is important to learn that negative thoughts never lead to positive actions.

On the other hand when we choose to focus on what is right about our lives, we feel more fulfilled and more content. Scientists believe that part of the reason for this is that people who are unsatisfied with their lot tend to squander their earnings on unnecessary objects in order to fill the void.

Being grateful doesn’t simply happen, it is something that has to be worked on with conscious determination.

Here is how you can start practicing gratitude today:

Every day find something or somebody to be grateful for and say ‘thank you’ out loud.

Give at least one compliment every day, but make sure it is genuine and be as specific as possible. The other person will feel valued and you will have created a connection.

Every day, find one thing that is less than ideal and look for something you can learn from the experience.

Keep a gratitude journal. Throughout the day, write down the things and people that you are grateful for. Carry the journal with you at all times so you can have a browse during the times that you’re feeling stressed and anything but grateful!