Two ways of expressing Gratitude

According to The Gratitudelog there is an effective and an ineffective way to express gratitude?
Unfortunately, the ineffective way is far more common. It is sort of the default form of gratitude that most people fall into.

Firstly, let talk about the ineffective way to express gratitude.  This gratitude is related to what is happening in your life right now.

It is closely related to the gratitude and appreciation we learn to express as children (i.e. to say thanks) and that is probably why it is often the default and why so many people get stuck here.

Here are a few examples of Ineffective gratitude includes things such as:

  • your health
  • your relationships
  • your material possessions
  • your friends and family
  • a nice vacation
Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with this form of gratitude. Just this type of expressing is not nearly as powerful as what I am about to tell you.

The above form of gratitude comes from a place of inadequate. f you have ever expressed gratitude while thinking “at least… I am healthy, or at least I have a great family” then you know what I mean.

This form of gratitude is extremely weak because it is based on the present circumstances.  In other words, this form of gratitude is conditional.  It makes it sound that you are grateful “only if you have good health, a great relationship, etc.”

Unfortunately, conditional gratitude fails to activate the law of attraction.  The universe does not respond to conditional requests.

The second form of gratitude is complete in that it is a celebration of life itself, for all the experiences you are having. One other key difference is this. Effective gratitude comes from an underlying attitude vs. a temporary focus on one item or thing to be grateful for.

With practice, this holistic form of gratitude can become second nature.  When it does, the law of attraction will flow far more easily into your life.


The more powerful form of gratitude includes items such as:
  • Your life
  • This awesome planet
  • For being who you are
  • For future events
  •  For problems, challenges, and hardships
  • For your mistakes
  •  For your mind
  • For your freedom

In other words, you become grateful for this amazing journey of your life regardless of what happens and where it takes you because you know that it is just right for you and that everything is happening for a reason.

When you are expressing effective gratitude, fear and loss disappear. There is no focus on any lack and when you reach this state, that is when abundance can truly start flowing into your life.

Being grateful for what you have in your life (your health, relationships, etc.) has its place. But when you start feeling truly grateful for everything that is happening in your life and open your heart, you will be amazed at how quickly the universe will start to answer.

So, start creating these feelings now, even in the most unlikely or unpleasant circumstances and notice how you begin to attract whatever you focus on into your life.

My question for you is:

What are you grateful for today? 

About 16 months ago, I found this website where you  can express your gratitude online. The website is
Gratitudelog is a website where people come together to celebrate happy moments, send simple gifts of appreciation and brighten up each other’s day. It’s based on the simple practice of expressing gratitude daily for wonderful moments in your life.
So have fun with it. The Power of Gratitude works like magic
“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”

                                                                                               ~Anthony Robbins

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Vinh Van Lam
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Vinh Van Lam, co-founder of ArtSHINE, is a visionary art coach and entrepreneur with a passion for fostering creativity. With a diverse background in art and business, he brings a unique perspective to empower emerging artists, enabling them to thrive in the dynamic art industry through the innovative platform of ArtSHINE.

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