Gratitude is a state of appreciation and thankfulness, and it starts in your heart and extends into every aspect of your body. Gratitude is not just an expression of good manners, but it is also a doorway to higher consciousness. Your life doesn’t have to be perfect to practice gratitude. Scientists, neurologists, and psychologists are all becoming increasingly interested in the study of gratitude.
Gratitude helps us to feel joy and contentment, no matter how messy, flawed or busy our lives are. It helps us to stop fighting, striving for, and chasing happiness. Being grateful has been proven to lower stress and to improve immune function. When we express genuine gratitude, we are also expressing love. Love always raises our vibration and consciousness. (You may want to read more about Your Vibration/Frequency.) Gratitude helps us to be more caring and less reactive. It also helps us to sleep better, as well as assist us in building and strengthening our sense of spirituality. As part of the spiritual awakening process, gratitude isn't so much an attitude, but rather a transformation of inner actions.