The beginning…Think about it.
- 1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
“she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support”
|gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks, appreciation,|
|synonyms:||recognition, acknowledgment, hat tip, credit,|
Have you ever been in a situation where you were trying to help a person through something, anything, and every suggestion was met with a ‘yes but’? There was no moving them or possibly yourself past that ‘but’.
I have been there myself on both sides. One side someone was trying to get me out of a rut. Then on the other side where I tried my darndest to get someone else out of a rut. I spent 45 minutes on the phone with someone who has everything to be grateful for in her life; but every single thing I brought up was answered with ‘yes, but’. I finally gave up and dropped it.
She heard me!
However, a few weeks later I talked to that same person and you will never guess what she brought up. That’s right! She brought up a whole list of things from throughout her life she had to be grateful for and felt appreciation for each one. I was so relieved. That last time I worked to get her to move toward gratitude, she was depressed. All in one year she lost one of her best friends, a sister, and a brother. It was hard on her but she moved out of her thoughts about depression and moved into gratitude. To this day, she still volunteers many wonderful events and things and people in her life for which she feels gratitude!
First, you must at least think about it. What it means, where it comes from, where it might lead.
I know the reason she was finally able to move from one state of mind to another was what we call the ripple effect. The Ripple Effect describes the way this energy affects not only you but also your environment and those around you. Often, people report that after receiving a series of Energy Transmissions, their son or daughter gets accepted to the University of their choice or their husband scores a promotion. There are many instances where people express that their relationships with their family members, friends, and colleagues start to improve and flourish, or they begin to feel greater compassion, love and affection towards others and towards humanity.
I was getting energy transmissions from Guruji Mahendra Trivedi. Back in the ‘90s, I was injured at work and I was in so much pain. Nothing helped really, surgery helped a little, but not enough to give me back my life. I never stopped looking for a miracle though and I am so glad because I found my miracle in the form of Guruji Mahendra Trivedi.
Guruji Mahendra Trivedi’s gift connects us to the God of our understanding. Through medication and anger and self-pity I totally cut myself off from the Creator. Through the Trivedi Effect®, I got my connection and my life back. And via the ripple effect, my family and others close to me also benefited. I moved from thinking about gratitude to feeling gratitude.
Gratitude increases our levels of oxytocin – the Love hormone.
Scientifically, gratitude and its effects on the brain and body remain relatively new. Some show increases in gray matter volume in the right inferior temporal gyrus and posteromedial cortices (Zahn et al., 2014)1. Another study shows increased levels of oxytocin sometimes called the Love hormone (Algoe and Way, 2014)2.
Gratitude is important to our feelings of wellbeing, our mental and physical health. It can change everything!
1Zahn, R., Moll, J., Paiva, M., Garrido, G., Krueger, F., Huey, E., et al. (2008). The neural basis of human social values: evidence from functional mri. Cereb. Cortex. 19, 276–283. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhn080
2Algoe, S. B., and Way, B. (2014). Evidence for a role of the oxytocin system, indexed by genetic variation in cd38, in the social bonding effects of expressed gratitude. Soc. Cogn. Affect. Neurosci. 12:nst182. doi: 10.1093/scan/nst182
A beautuiful blog post on the power of Gratitude. I really like how your title about gratitude is described as being the parent of all other virtues. It is a great attention grabber! Thank you for sharing!