What is Gratitude? Definition & Meaning

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Gratitude

~ The Quality of being Thankful, readiness to show Appreciation and return Kindness ~

The above inspirational picture is done by Serenity, the person behind the website full of Magic and Light Positively Peaceful Inspirations.

Serenity has written a wonderful poem about gratitude called Glory of Gratitude.

How To Practice Gratitude And Benefit From Its Magic

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How To Practice Gratitude And Benefit From Its Magic

“Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

This is a famous quote from a famous book, the Bible, Matthew 13:12.

Gratitude is a practice, a skill. It means to retake knowledge of certain things that you are enjoying or you have enjoyed. It is the ability to be aware by choice.

Dear readers of Positive Words Research, I will show you the power and magic of gratitude from the light of two aspects:

1.)   How I’ve discovered the power and magic of gratitude

Since 17 years old I write my thoughts. At the beginning I wrote on paper, filling many notebooks. Then I’ve written my thoughts in Word and further on various blogs. After some years I started reading my past writings. I saw that I have written about beautiful things but also a lot about tensioned moments in my life. There were a lot of pages filled with negative emotions such as anger, sadness, even grief, and depression on some pages, disappointment, powerlessness, and even self-hate. While reading these pages written by the younger me, I noticed something. Every time my younger me felt some relief, some light, some hope it was in the moments I was being thankful for something.

On every page full of tension there were one or two sentences where I was saying something like:

  • Yes, but I am thankful that I got into faculty;
  • Yes, but I am grateful that I have a cat;
  • Yes, but I am grateful that I have a job;
  • Yes, but I am thankful that I was promoted;
  • Yes, but I am grateful that even if I couldn’t spend Christmas with my parents and brother, because of all the arguing and fights in my family, I got to spend a lovely Christmas with the family of my best friend;

I realized that I was practicing gratitude unconsciously. Currently, I am of the opinion that every human being is practicing gratitude to some degree. One can not live a human life without practicing some kind of being grateful. But, you either practice gratitude:

  1. unconsciously, in a small way or bigger way, depending on your inheritance and education, or;
  2. consciously, in a small way or bigger way, depending on your awareness and power of choice.

I started practicing gratitude consciously during 2012. The stepping stone in my transition was the book The Magic written by Rhonda Byrne. Through this book Rhonda taught me why gratitude matters and how to practice it.

To make a beautiful note: while practicing some exercises from the book, I’ve arrived on the website TheFreeDictionary.com, clicked on the related words of the word gratitude and discovered the world of positive words. This stepping stone drove me to start making this website, Positive Words Research.

Rhonda starts her book with a quote: “Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”. Yes, it is the same quote as above. She says that the meaning of this quote is better understood when you read it like this:

“Whoever has gratitude will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have gratitude, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

This makes me think of a Romanian old saying:

“To the ungrateful one, life takes back the gift that was given.”

Gratitude is the land on which all other positive emotions will flourish. To benefit on long-term of positive emotions, practice gratitude.

2.)   5 Examples of how I practice gratitude

  1. The gratitude rock. I took a small stone that looked interesting to me. I am placing this stone in places where I can easily bump into her: in my pocket, on the table near my bed or near the flowing tap water in my house. Every time I see the gratitude rock I make myself think of something I am grateful for. Sometimes I think of more things I am grateful for in my life.
  2. The gratitude exercises before falling asleep. After going to sleep and before falling asleep I think of nine things I am grateful for that happened that day: 3 related to myself, 3 related to events during the day and 3 related to the work I do in my job. After remembering all these nine aspects, I choose the best thing that happened to me that day.
  3. Writing appreciations on paper. I write appreciations and gratitudes on paper for every aspect of my life. I do this exercise especially for the tensioned things in my life. It could be a memory, an event that happened recently or I feel some tension towards a person.
  4. I bless and thank every object around me. I pick a moment during the day and whatever is around me I say thanks to it.
  5. While I walk I pick a moment and for every step that I make I say thank you.

In conclusion, I want you to remember two aspects:
1. Practice gratitude for tensioned things in your life; write a list of ten appreciations for the memory, event or person for whom you feel tension;
2. Practice gratitude to benefit on long-term of positive emotions.

 “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

GRATITUDE

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Elena Calin is the person behind Positive Words Research. During 2013 she started researching positive words and begin building this site. You can contact her using the contact form from this website or become friends with her on Facebook.

This Week’s Positive Word is APPRECIATION

Monday’s Motivational Blog

A is for Appreciation

‘Appreciation will lead to more things to appreciate in your life’

Victoria J.Brown

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When you woke up this morning, what were your first thoughts? Did you want to get out of bed? Did you think about appreciating the fact that you could actually get out of bed? Did you appreciate that you are alive and living in this precious wonderful world?

Many people don’t wake with these thoughts. The reason many people are unhappy in their lives is because they want MORE! And that’s ok … it’s okay to want more from life, to want to strive ahead and make a better life for yourself and your family. It’s great to have that determination. But if you appreciate how far you’ve come, you will go further.

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Before I was introduced to the Law of Attraction, which was many, many years ago, I was a ‘glass half-empty’ type of girl, those days are long gone, in fact, I can’t even remember that girl. Now I’m more than a ‘glass half-full’ girlie … I’m a ‘glass half-full looking for people who are thirsty,’ girlie.

Emotions and feelings are the keys to having a better life. Being unappreciative of your current situation could lead to a worse situation. You may think, ‘but I do appreciate my life, I just want more.’ As I said above, this is ok, to want more is healthy, but when was the last time you actually looked at you and felt truly grateful. How often do you look at your life and feel deep appreciation? True appreciation is a blessing.

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THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING TO APPRECIATE!

Here’s an exercise for you:

Sit down, breathe deeply and relax (in a quiet space where you can’t be disturbed)

Now imagine the following:

Your life without your loved ones

No roof over your head

Being so hungry and not knowing where the next piece of food is coming from.

Now, APPRECIATE all the things you have in your life that you don’t want to lose.

Put your hands together and really feel true appreciation from your heart.

Say aloud, ‘Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.’

When I first started learning about the Law of Attraction, I realised that I didn’t appreciate my life enough. Now, I appreciate everything in my life and I constantly say ‘thank you’.

A good exercise is to write down daily 10 things you are grateful for, 10 things you appreciate in your life. Even if you hate your job, you should appreciate that you have a job and that you are able to work. Start looking at the things in your life that you don’t like and turn it around. What can you appreciate about it?

Do this every day until your appreciation becomes second nature, saying ‘thank you’ and appreciating your life is a way of life for you.

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20 Simple Meditations to Create Peace of Mind and Joy

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Positive Words Research shares with you 20 simple meditations which will help you create for yourself peace of mind and joy. These simple meditations can be done by anyone and in any place, because they don’t take a long time.

20 Simple Meditations to Create Peace of Mind and Joy

1. Your heart and the hearts of the other living people

Picture that you have a heart, which you do. Picture that all of the other 7 billion people living in the same moment as you, also have a heart, which they do. Picture that your heart is beating at the same time as other 7 billion living hearts. Take 10 minutes to visualize this, after you made some relaxation exercises.

This meditation will generate compassion, joyfulness, magic, self-love, connection, warmth, blissfulness, deep awareness, amazement, and serenity.

2. Sit, don’t talk, smile

Sit in silence, don’t talk and gently smile for 15 minutes after you’ve made some relaxation exercises.

This meditation will generate an inner smile, serenity, and relief.

3. Sit, don’t talk, smile and mentally scan your body

Sit in silence, don’t talk, gently smile and mentally scan your body for 15 minutes after you’ve made some relaxation exercises. When you mentally scan your body picture that every organ is also smiling.

This meditation will generate peacefulness, healing, health increase, vitality, joy, gratitude, appreciation, relief, and self-love.

4. Large smile with your mouth and eyes

Make a large smile with your mouth and eyes and keep it like this for 60 seconds while counting from 60 to 1.

This meditation will generate happiness.

5. Give up good things

Take 10 minutes to affirm internally that you give up all the good things, good feelings and good experiences you lived in the past, present and future.

This meditation will generate relief and space for more good things, feelings and experiences to come your way. It will make you let go of future thinking and a lot of expectations that you have and are weighing you and making you feel tense. It will make you give up attachment to the good which is sometimes a more powerful type of attachment than the attachment that you feel for bad things which we cannot forgive and let go.

6. Cut connections between your body and all other bodies or entities

Visualize your body and ask him to disconnect and cut connections will all other living bodies or any entity. Affirm that all other people are free and they have the right to be free and you are free and you have the right to be free. Set them free and set yourself free. It is good to set yourself free and be free.

This meditation will generate feeling light, freedom, releasing a lot of tension, healing, increase synchronicity for future good things to connect and happen.

7. Forgiveness – give up bad things

Picture yourself. Picture a person, event, and state of things, an experience that has or is upsetting you. It might be something that happened recently, some situation that hasn’t changed for years or some tensed memory that you hold. Picture yourself staying face to face with this person or event that is generating tension for yourself.

Ask him to forgive you for any wrong you’ve done to him. Picture that the other person has his higher-self behind him, which is much bigger than that person. Picture his higher self quickly forgiving and giving you a warm hug. Receive his forgiveness and warmth in your heart. Next, picture his higher-self asking you forgiveness for any wrong he’s done to you. Forgive him immediately and give him a virtual warm hug. See him accepting your forgiveness and hug while smiling at you. Do the same with a tense event, experience, yourself, God or life in general. Forgive everything and let yourself be forgiven.

This meditation will generate peace, releasing a lot of tension, healing, a significant increase in your vibration, generosity, love for yourself, others and life, acceptance, lots of strengths, and resilience.

8. Enlarge yourself more than Earth

Picture your body. Imagine that your body has a subtle energy inside your heart connected with your mind. Picture this energy heart-mind becoming bigger and surrounding your body, then becoming even bigger and covering your house, your neighborhood, town, region, country, the continent, the Earth, the solar system and going far-far in the Universe. Feel yourself limitless.

This meditation will generate inner super-power, powerful intuition, the ability to think beyond Earth consciousness, the ability to think beyond the duality law (good-bad, cold-heat, light-dark, positive-negative etc.). This meditation will also instantly give you the ability to get over your problems, to be above your problems, bigger than them. You will not feel most of your problems and the ones that your still feel will seem smaller than before.

9. Give up everything as in the moment of death

Give up everything by completely emptying yourself. Picture that you are at the moment of death which is a future real event, which will happen in your life. In that moment you will be forced to give up everything, good or bad. And you will do this giving up of everything very fast. Don’t be afraid. You cannot control your death. You will still die in the future, not now. Do this for 5 minutes, after you have practiced a relaxation method.

How to do it in the simplest way? Consider each memory that you have, each thing that you know as being “only concepts”, concepts that you don’t have to deal with them after death when everything will disappear. Use your imagination. Consider food, relationships, air, sky, spoon, knife, hands, hair, thoughts, heart, head, yourself, phone, laptop, the internet, facebook, water, trees, pills, emotions, diseases, sport, marriage, kids, adulthood, being old, life, movement etc. as just concepts which you don’t have to deal with them anymore after death. All these are only things that are happening on a planet called Earth. After death you will not be on the planet Earth anymore and therefore will not be concerned about anything that exists on this planet and how things are done on this planet.

This meditation will generate full releasing of all present attachments. It will fully empty you. You will download the second best power you could have in this world, the power of death, the power of full emptiness. You will realize that everything is impermanent, good or bad. Energy is always in movement, you are always in movement, taking different forms through eternity.

The first power that exists in the world you can get by practicing the next meditation.

10. Treasure life

After practicing meditation number 9 “Give up everything as in the moment of death”, practice feeling alive. Do it in a simple way. Just become aware that You are still here on Earth, You are Alive. You gave up everything as in the moment of death, and yet here you are, still here, still breathing. Smile. See, you are still able to smile. Treasure this smile. Give thanks to it. Say: “I am grateful for being alive in this moment, I couldn’t be able to smile if I wasn’t alive.”. Do you have thoughts crossing your mind right now? Treasure that. You couldn’t have thoughts crossing your mind if you weren’t alive.

This meditation will generate something that is hard to explain with words. It is a sense of knowing that, now, you are such a blessing. You are alive and there is nothing more valuable than this. Your own existence is more than enough. Nothing more needs to be done from you, than to be alive, and you already are. All that you do comes from the fact that you are alive and breathing.

11. Powerful Light Human-Being

Picture yourself very powerful, having and mastering the secret of light, being one of Earth protectors. Tell yourself that because you are here on Earth, everything is protected.

This meditation will generate much self-power and shining light that will go deep inside you.

12. Joyful & Happy

Take 10 minutes to picture yourself joyful and happy. You can even be joyful and happy in this meditation to help you feel yourself for real, joyful and happy.

This meditation will generate joyfulness, happiness, contempt, satisfaction, fulfillment and the feeling that your joy and happiness are under your control.

13. Calculate your remaining years of living deducting your current age from 100

Deduct your current age from 100 and tell yourself that you will live the difference. For example, if you are 34 years old, do 100 less 34, which is 66 and tell yourself that you will live 66 more years. Reflect on 66 more years in this way: ask yourself how many times you will still eat, breath, sleep, go to the toilet, wash your body, talk with different people, get a cold etc. Ask yourself how much water you will still drink in 66 years and the Earth will provide for you all this water. All the air that you need to breathe in 66 years the Earth will provide to you. Then think what will you do with 66 more years of living? What if tomorrow you would start writing a book? Would you think you could solve how to write a book and actually finish and publish it in 66 years? I think even if you had 3 more years of living you could definitely do that. But you have 66 years.

This meditation will generate a full relaxation of all your struggles. You will instantly feel how much time you actually have, to do anything you could want to do in your life.

It will also make you realize that your life will not be significantly different from now on, as compared to how it was before. This is valid in terms of you needing to take time, every day, to eat, breath, sleep, wash your body, go to the toilet, talk with people, think etc. In this terms, your life will be the same. It will make you feel that what you did until now it was all good and it will be all good in the future. And that is enough just to take care of your basic needs. You will understand that all other things that we do are only for our own fun, only so that we could occupy, with something, the remaining time that you don’t spend on basic needs.

14. Focus on your breathing

Make some relaxation exercises. Then focus for 15 minutes only on your breathing. Alternate your breathing, play with your breathing. Keep your eyes semi-closed. Focus for the last 5 minutes only on the place from your nose where the air comes in and out while breathing normal.

This meditation will generate mental relaxation and stomach relaxation.

If you sing while you play with your breath it will also relax your throat. If you take very fast the air out while making a short powerful relaxation sound, it will relax your heart. If you move your middle while breathing it will relax your middle. Basically, any part of the body that you move while focusing on your breathing it will get more and more relaxed, will release more and more the tension accumulated in those muscles.

15. Inspired meditation

Take 15 minutes to meditate without any method. Don’t have any intention for this meditation. Begin by sitting in your most common meditation position. Then let yourself be guided by your intuition on what to do. You might feel to move your hands up, to do a certain sign with your body that you don’t know the meaning, to breath in a certain way, to make strange and funny faces, to stay in “strange” positions with your body. Anything that comes to you, do it. Let yourself be moved from here to there, by your own body.

This meditation will generate more intuition, more connection between your active consciousness and your body and release of tension specific only to you.

16. Gratitude

Re-acknowledge and recollect events that happen to you. Think of 1 to 3 things you are grateful for in every area of your life: yourself, your projects, relationships etc. and say that you are grateful for them. Think of 1 to 3 things you are not grateful for, in every area of your life, and intentionally say that you are grateful for them.

Do this meditation either intentionally taking 15 minutes of your time or from time to time during the day.

17. Being and feeling blessed

Stay for 15 minutes after you’ve made some relaxation practices and picture yourself being blessed by everything, spiritual beings or people. Picture that God is blessings you with pure love and light (if you are a God believer). Picture that other spiritual entities are blessings you will light, it can be your protective angel, Archangel Michael, Buddha, Krishna etc.

This meditation will generate peace in you, self-love, self-acceptance, clearing of negative energies, peace of mind, loving-kindness, and blessings.

18. Give and receiving thanks from things around you

Picture that everything around gives thanks to you and you give thanks to them. Do this meditation as you walk on the street, at work, at home or while taking lunch or dinner with your friends. Picture that the trees are saying thank you, to you. Say back thank you to them. The air is saying thanks to you, for breathing it, you say back. The water is saying thank you for drinking it, you say thanks back. And so on with every object around you that you encounter during your day.

This meditation will generate a lot of gratitude, awareness for the many things that are serving you, joy, blessings, blissfulness, and magic.

19. Positive expectations

Practice the following three affirmations:

  1. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen!
  2. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and focus on what could go right!
  3. Expect to find joy as you move forward!

This meditation will generate faith, hope, joy, and stop negative thinking.

20. Positive words

Scan this list of positive words and create your small list of positive words. Memorize it or keep the list somewhere where you can have quick access to it. Take 15 minutes to reflect on your list of positive words. Repeat in your mind or with a loud voice the positive words. Search the meaning of the positive words on the internet to better embody their meaning.

This meditation will generate positive thinking, clearing negativity, attract the cumulated energy of the list of positive words.

Notes:

  • Do only one or few of these simple meditations during a day, except the gratitude meditation which can be done many times during the day;
  • Skip some days and don’t meditate at all;
  • Do these simple meditations wherever you are.

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Which meditation is your favorite?

Whoever Has Gratitude Will Be Given More And He Will Have An Abundance

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“Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” Bible, Matthew 13:12, meaning “Whoever has gratitude will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have gratitude, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

Therefore, whoever has gratitude and appreciation for what he/she already has will be given more, and he/she will have an abundance. Whoever does not have gratitude and appreciation for what he/she already has, even what he/she has will be taken away from him.

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You are Enough

Today, as a reminder, I have created for my future self the message “You are enough. You are so enough it is unbelievable how enough you are”. I am sharing this message with the world so that you too, remind yourself, that YOU ARE ENOUGH. YOU ARE SO ENOUGH IT IS UNBELIEVABLE HOW ENOUGH YOU ARE.

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You were enough. You are enough. You will always be enough. Love yourself and tell yourself when you wake up in the morning that you love your heart. Life is happening for you, not to you. Everything that was created converged together to create you. You are on the leading verge of everything that humanity created.

Life is happening for you, not to you. Everything that was created converged together to create You. You are on the leading verge of everything that humanity created.

You are on the leading verge of everything that humanity created and you ride beautifully.

I saw this video of Marisa Peer today and did this reminder for my future self: YOU ARE ENOUGH. YOU ARE SO ENOUGH IT IS UNBELIEVABLE HOW ENOUGH YOU ARE. You need to listen to this video of Marisa Peer. It will change the way you look at you. You will feel enough, become more confident and increase your level of self-love.

Here is the video: The Biggest Disease Affecting Humanity: “I’m Not Enough” by Marisa Peer