The Power of Gratitude
There are a couple of ways to think about this. When you do something nice for someone and they do backflips in happiness, it kind of makes you want to be even nicer to them, doesn’t it? Same goes for the Universe. Another point is this one. When you really, really want something, I don’t know, like a pet unicorn for example. Let’s call him Waldo. You imagine how happy you will be when you finally get Waldo. You imagine all the brilliant adventures you two will go on and how well you will take care of him. Basically, you are picturing your gratitude. And that’s why we want the things we want. Because we can’t wait to appreciate them. So what better way to attract things we are grateful for than to be grateful for the things we already have? Third point—gratitude has a way of cementing things into our experience because it is braided through with the acknowledgement of that which has already been achieved. That’s the sweet spot ultimately—feeling something so strongly that it already seems real to you.
When it comes to the law of attraction, what it hears is not your words but the way you feel. So keep that in mind if you are making deliberate use of gratitude as a manifestation tool. This makes sense. You know how sometimes people say thank you but they don’t mean it? You can just tell. Maybe YOU have been one of those people at some point. Like maybe on your birthday. You reaaaaaally wanted a PS5073 but instead, you got scratchy woollen socks. You know you’re supposed to say thank you because that’s what you do when someone gives you a present, but you can’t help it—when you say the words, the sides of your mouth droop and your voice is weak and mouselike. You think you got anyone fooled? Maybe your blind aunt Myrtle but that’s about it. And definitely not the law of attraction!
Something else to keep in mind. This, like any other game you play with the law of attraction, should not be forced. Doing so could lead to frustration instead of appreciation. An example: if you *just* had a big fight with your mom about getting a new computer, it might not be the right moment to be grateful that “at least” you have your own phone. That’s ok. You can try again later, once the steam has cleared from your head.
In the meantime, maybe you can look for something easier to be grateful for, something further from that which has gotten you into a knot, because the whole point is to get into the ease and wonderment of an experience already in existence. This is simpler with subjects that don’t have you flip-flopping all over the place. Something like sunshine (unless you’re one of those grinches who is mad at the sun). Or flowers. Or puppies. Or puppies in the sunshine playing with flowers. That’s a pretty good one to start with.
Sometimes people have doubts about gratitude as a tool. They aren’t convinced that it can actually help them manifest what they want. With other processes like visualisation, it can seem like at least you are “doing” something because you’re directly thinking of your desire. The best thing is to try it, see how good you feel and how much cool stuff starts to happen when you feel good and you won’t have any more doubts about whether or not it works. Practice gratitude long enough and you will start to feel grateful for gratitude itself. Guaranteed.