An Attitude of Gratitude is the Key to opening the Gateway of the Spiritual Heart

The attitude of gratitude is a system of thought that is empowered by feelings of appreciation, love, joy, and well being.

This system of thought opens the gateway of the spiritual Heart, allowing access to higher qualities such as intuition, inner peace and guidance, and inspiration.

Opening the Heart with an attitude of gratitude and appreciation creates a coherent energetic heart field, as demonstrated by research studies conducted at The Institute of Heartmath in Boulder Creek, Colorado.

This coherent heart field extends outward from the body, sending critical signals and information to every cell in the body, as well as interacting with the energy fields all around us - including other people.

Gratitude, which is a quality of love, is absolutely essential to creating health, abundance, and well being or happiness in our individual life experience. It also impacts those around us, having a ripple effect that has been documented with scientific research as well.

To practice an attitude of gratitude in your life, try some of the following tried and true activities:

  • Keep a Gratitude Journal. Write down at least five things you are grateful for each day. It is best to do this at bedtime, helping you attain deep restful sleep, and setting intentions for more good things to enter your life tomorrow.
  • Read inspirational quotes of gratitude. You can find these online or in bookstores. You can even share some of your favorite quotes here.
  • Learn Meditation Techniques. Meditation quiets the mind and allows access to the spiritual Heart center. Use visualization to help you achieve feelings of gratitude and inner peace, opening the Heart and creating a coherent heart field and all the benefits that will bring.
  • Take a walk in nature, or enjoy looking at beautiful art, or listening to music that inspires you.
  • Tell someone how much you appreciate them. Let them know specifically what it is that you value so much in your relationship with them. Even if it's the waitress who brings you a cup of coffee, don't miss a single opportunity to express gratitude to others!

There are many, many ways to develop and express an attitude of gratitude. It is perhaps the most important investment you could ever make if you wish to create of life experience filled with joy, health, and prosperity.

I have found in my own life that forgiveness is sometimes necessary before true gratitude can be felt. If there is anything you need to forgive - about yourself, or others - take the time and make the effort to learn what true forgiveness is, and remove the blocks to enjoying real peace and gratitude.

Learn about more ways to develop An Attitude of Gratitude:

Read Gratitude Quotes and Books, Keep a Gratitude Journal - Gratitude quotes can be helpful when we are experiencing challenges in our lives that can make it difficult to feel or express appreciation. 

Download and read this free ebook The Appreciative Heart  from the Institute of HeartMath: Learn two quick techniques for creating Heart Coherence and connecting Mind with Heart. 

Discover the Go Gratitude Experiment - 42 short, inspiring and instructional "knew views on Gratitude" messages delivered straight to your heart, mind and email inbox, one day at a time, over a 42 day period. We've crafted these unique, whole-brained messages to be super easy to digest by appealing to both the left and right brain. 

ButterBeeHappy: 5 Happy Thoughts A Day, Bee Happier - Gratitude makes you happier. People are always looking for the secret to being happier. doesn't claim to fix all problems, but our users do claim to feel happier after keeping a journal of gratitude and happy thoughts. is based on research by psychologists Ben-Shahar, Emmons, and McCullough. Tal Ben-Shahar wrote the book Happier which directly influenced It just makes sense- most of us don't stop to think about the things that make us happy. 

Create An Attitude of Gratitude with Wisdom Quotes: To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude. - Albert Schweitzer 

The New Science of Thank You - What if, instead of wallowing in our misery, we all chose to focus on being valued by a dear friend, for example, or the memory of a colleague’s face when she receives a surprise birthday cake at work, or the smooth ride we’ve had to work in the past week? As science is now proving, feeling grateful can actually make us healthier, literally. We’ll sleep better and exercise more. We’ll feel more optimistic. We’ll be more alert and active. And if we do this over a period of time, we’ll realize that we’re making progress toward our life goals. 

Experience an Attitude of Gratitude with this Daily Prayer for Peace of Mind:

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