What Is The Meaning of Gratitude? The Best Minds Speak Out

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What is the meaning of gratitude? The definition of the word is simple:

Definition of gratitude: 
the state of being grateful THANKFULNESS

But being grateful is such a powerful experience that it supersedes its blah definition. The thing about gratitude is it will produce life-changing experiences when you intentionally show appreciation for all that you have.

If you think I am exaggerating, hold on for a moment.

Have you ever met that grumpy person that has a knack of seeing the glass half full? I know I sure have! In fact, I am sure that I have been that person a time or two in my life.

It is easy to get lost in the world of feeling sorry for yourself. The thing is, you need to be able to get yourself out of the pitty party response to life, and start living. Start enjoying all the beauty in front of you.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute, with love, grace, and gratitude. Denis Waitley

What is the meaning of gratitude?

The meaning of gratitude is different for all of us. For me, it is remaining engaged in my life to the point that I appreciate the big and small things equally.

When the negativity of the day starts creeping in, I try to step back and remind myself of what a miracle it is to be alive. For some reason, that thought helps me to overcome my moments of frustration and check the voice in my head.

You know, that voice of self-doubt? The one that makes you lash out rather than self reflect.

Zig Ziglar Said…

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for. 

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Marianne Williamson said…

Gratitude is an opener of locked-up blessings.

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Gertrude Stein said…

Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.

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Jen Sincero said…

Gratitude is one of the strongest and most transformative states of being. It shifts your perspective from lack to abundance and allows you to focus on the good in your life, which in turn pulls more goodness into your reality. 

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Henri Frederic Amiel said…

Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.

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Amy Collette said…

Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.

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Gilbert K. Chesterton said…

Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heard and not in the mind.

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Henry Ward Beecher said…

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.

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Sonja Lyubomirsky said…

Gratitude is an antidote to negative emotions, a neutralizer of envy, hostility, worry, and irritation. It is savoring; it is not taking things for grated; it is present-oriented.

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John Ortberg Said…

Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.

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Henri Frederic Amiel said…

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.

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What are the benefits of expressing gratitude?

In 2018, Rob and I set out on the journey of getting our crap together. Our youngest had moved out, and we realized that we were living a passive lifestyle and creating a real mess of things.

We were $50k in debt and stuck in a town that no longer felt like home since our kids left.

We were at a crossroad and needed to figure our stuff out real fast! We realized how quickly time passes, and if we are not careful, our complacency will land us in this hollow town until we retired – – – or worse – – – we die!

Sounds kind of gloom and doom, but sometimes that is what we need to jolt our butts in the right direction. We started listening to Dave Ramsey like two desperate fools seeking the end all be all answer to get our life in order.

We set out to pay off the $50k mountain of debt in 11 months! Looking back, I know that we felt like the goal was going to take every penny we had or earned.

Then something happened! Money started rolling in. It was the strangest thing. Cash just seemed to show up! With our intense focus and strong “why” intact, we manifested over $50k in only six months!  

Before this experience, I would be in the line of doubters and think that sounds like crazy talk.

But when $50k shows up in six months, it kinda catches your attention.

How does this tie into gratitude? I honestly believe that we found success due to our intentional act of gratitude.

Gratitude and the law of attraction

So, how did practicing gratitude make our debt pay off journey so successful? Well, it helped to put into motion the Law of Attraction.  

A fundamental key to find success in manifesting anything with the Law of Attraction is to raise your vibration.

Sounds a little hokey, right?

Well, that is what I thought too. Then the reality hit me. When I am actively grateful for the things that come my way, both good or bad, I feel better about life.  

When I feel better about life, I feel happier. I don’t sweat the small stuff, and I enjoy the big stuff more.

When things go sideways, I have the inner peace knowing that all things happen for a reason. Mondays become magical, and I find myself sporting a big cheesy grin.  

As the old Beachboys song goes…”I’m pickin’ up good vibrations.”

You see, the basic concept of the Law of Attraction is that like attracts like. If I find joy in the little things, the Universe delivers more little things to enjoy.

When I look at problems as challenges, everything becomes an opportunity to grow.

When we were paying off our debt, we had to change the way we viewed life. We found that the more we laughed, at both the good and the bad, the better things turned out for us.

It is that laughter that brought to life the idea of this site:  I Love Your Laugh. Just a quick laugh makes the impossible seem possible!

how do you express gratitude?

Expressing gratitude is a personal journey that you will need to customize for yourself. Being thankful for all that you have and celebrating in life’s little things is something that you can learn to do.

To help you get started strengthening your muscle of appreciation, we have put together the I Love Your Laugh 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge.

This challenge is a perfect way to start your morning or end your day. The prompts are designed to help you realize that being grateful is not an act reserved for just the rosy things in life. Being grateful acknowledges the good and the bad and finds a way to celebrate.

Join us in the challenge by signing up below!

join our Gratitude Challenge

Be part of something big!  Join us today and start transforming your life by learning how to appreciate the small things.

This challenge includes a daily email reminder with an inspirational quote about gratitude and a handy cheat sheet to help you throughout the challenge.

Turn your dreams into your reality…

If you are looking at improving your life, developing the habit of gratitude is the place to start. Start your day being thankful for your first breath. End your day being grateful for all the beauty you found in your day and the challenges that came your way.

Expressing thanks is the first step to building the life of your dreams.


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