Gratitude is simply being thankful. Showing appreciation for what you have achieved.
Successful people in many fields of life endeavour have acknowledged that the key to lifelong success is the regular exercise of this single emotional muscle: gratitude.
We have a lot to be thankful for, a person who is not thankful for what he has got is not likely to be thankful for what he is going to get.
You enjoy the fruit of your successes when you approach life with a sense of gratitude. It begets more successes.
According to John Mason, thanksgiving, creates power in your life because it opens the generators of your heart to respond gratefully, to receive joyfully and to react creatively. No wonder the bible stated in Phil 4.6-7, ‘’Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
According to William Ward, there are three enemies of personal peace: regret over yesterday’s mistakes, anxiety over tomorrow’s problems and ingratitude for today’s blessings. The most satisfied life definitely comes in being thankful.
By contrast, according to Jeffry James, ‘people who lack gratitude are never truly happy. If they succeed at a task, they don’t enjoy it. For them, a string of successes is like trying to fill a bucket with a huge leak in the bottom. And failure invariably makes them bitter, angry, and discouraged.’
Today, replace regret with gratitude. it is a sure sign of mediocrity to be moderate with our thanks. If you cannot thank God for what you have, at least thank Him for what you have escaped. Or do you think you owe the life you live? Its just by His mercy that we are not consumed.
If you want to be successful, therefore, you need to feel more gratitude. And know that gratitude, as an emotion, works like a muscle: The more you use it, the stronger and more powerful it becomes.