My earliest spiritual teachers used to say that "gratitude is a very high state." Even
Bhagavan says that gratitude is the "highest human emotion." But coming from a scientific background I sometimes still hear a tiny inner voice saying, "Prove
Well, now scientists have.....but I've written this article in laymen's terms to explain why
gratitude should play an even bigger part of our daily routines.
Research into the behavior and psychology of gratitude proves what people of faith have
known all along--that giving thanks brings a multitude of blessings back to you.
Just by giving thanks you can have better health with less stress, better relationships, and
be happier and more successful overall.
As children we're taught to always be polite: to say "yes, ma'am" and "thank you." As
teenagers we found that a profusion of "thank you's" seemed to help keep us out of trouble with teachers, parents,
and other ruling adults. Then later, as maturing adults entering society and the
business world, we found that it was to our benefit to continue with the polite thank you's. It made people
like us and we were more socially acceptable.
Unfortunately, there was rarely any real gratitude behind the thanks.
No matter what religious faith you were raised in, all taught that giving thanks is a
virtue; it's an important tenet in all religions. Even so, saying thanks was still mostly just a rote
response. It usually isn't until we begin to walk a more esoteric, spiritual path that saying thanks and
expressing gratitude takes on a real meaning for us.
As we spiritually awaken, we come to realize that we can no longer give thanks
unconsciously. Our hearts began to open and flower, and we find that we are deeply and truly grateful for
many things. It's not only the beautiful (and sometimes overwhelming) emotion of gratitude that finally got
our attention, but we also intellectually discovered that expressing gratitude can benefit us profoundly in many
This is what Bhagavan has to say about it:
"I've always maintained that [enlightenment] is a neurobiological process, so when
you go into a state of gratitude the brain itself functions as a much better instrument. Which in turn
proves very helpful in raising your states of consciousness.....So in
actual experience we have found people who have the sense of gratitude move much faster [on their spiritual
path] than those who do not."
You can see the full content of Bhagavan's above quote in this video--
After several years of in-depth research, scientific studies have now proven the benefits of expressing
gratitude, and some even feel it's the secret key that unlocks your full life's potential. These
remarkable findings, published in a best-selling book, show that some
of the physical and psychological benefits of gratitude are:
stronger immune system
fewer headaches and colds
better brain function
tendency to exercise more
more well-liked by others
more resilient to life's challenges
There are many ways to express gratitude, but as a method of spiritual growth it's best to make it a
One simple way is to, each morning after waking up, think of several things you're grateful for about your
life. Then each evening before going to sleep, think of 3-5 things you are grateful for that happened
during your day. (Writing them down also helps.)
After just two months of giving thanks in this easy manner, you can't possibly be the same person you were
before you began the practice.
Only five days after I began the simple practice of giving thanks twice a day as described above, I noticed
that I began to spontaneously express gratitude at other times during the day. Simple beauties in daily
life became more evident. I guess it's true that "appreciation appreciates" in more ways than one.
Expressing gratitude got just easier and easier all by itself.
Consciously being grateful everyday for all the abundance in your life sets into motion the ancient law that
basically says, "the more you're grateful for, the more you get." You benefit, the world benefits,
and the Collective Consciousness benefits...so let your gratitude begin to grow and show.
More benefits from gratitude...
When I first saw the movie What the Bleep Do We Know, I was so
intrigued with Dr. M. Emoto's work shown in it that I looked into his research with water crystals, as to how
words, thoughts, prayer, music, and even pictures effect their formation (shown beautifully in the
When Dr. Emoto was asked if there was any particular word or phrase that was the most helpful, he said
yes. Then went on to explain that the words "love" and "appreciation" are combined in the one English
word "gratitude." One without the other didn't have the same effect, but when the two words are put
together, the special combination creates an even more potent vibration.
Knowing that all matter is intrinsically vibrational, I did a little test of my own. I took two
identical glasses filled with equal amounts of water, and let them sit overnight. The only difference was
that one was placed over a piece of paper that had the words "love gratitude" written on it.
The chlorine that's added to water to help sanitize it can effect its taste, so the next morning I drew a
third glass of tap water to compensate for any chlorine that had evaporated overnight from the test
glasses. Then I immediately tasted all three glasses, and yes, there was a difference in the
This was hardly bona fide, double-blind research, and the results were subtle, but the water in the
love/gratitude glass seemed "sweeter." Try it yourself and see. I now routinely set all my water
containers over the words "love gratitude."
Since our bodies are made up mostly of water, think about how you might benefit by exposing yourself more to
inspirational works, beautiful pictures, and special music from Dr. Emoto in your home,
workplace, etc. You'll quickly realize how applying some of Dr. Emoto's findings to your own life and
environment--and reaping the benefits--can be practically effortless.
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"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
'thank you,' that would suffice."
--J. Eckhart, 13th century
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,
but the parent of all others."