I have been practicing the art of gratuity intently the past few months, and I call it an art form because it truly is. Gratuity is the paint by which we color our world. The more gracious a person is, the brighter their world will become.
It goes with the old adage that “like attracts like,” well in truth it does. If you are thankful for all that you have instead of focusing on what you don’t have, then you will actually create more things for which to be thankful.
I recently read in The Power by Rhonda Byrne (the same author of The Secret) that scientists “have discovered that when water is exposed to positive words and feelings such as love and gratitude, the energy level of the water not only increases, but the structure of the water changes, making it perfectly harmonious.” In contrast, the opposite occurs if water is exposed to negative feelings. I found this to be an interesting bit of information.
It made me think, “Is that why you’re supposed to sing to plants?” The book also discusses giving thanks before a meal and how blessing food beforehand will have a positive effect on your mind and body. I bet priests and nuns everywhere are singing praise, and maybe thinking, “I told you so,” quietly to themselves that science has proven what our ancestors have been passing down from generation to generation. We should be thankful, not because it will molecularly excite whatever it is that we are receiving, but because being thankful makes us feel good.
Guess what happens when you feel good? You affect the mood of the people around you. So the next time something great happens to someone else and you wish it was you, don’t hate, congratulate.