Author of numerous books, including YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE. 

I have noticed that the universe loves gratitude. The more grateful you are, the more goodies you get. When I say “goodies,” I don’t mean only materials things.  I mean all the people, places, and experiences that make life so wonderfully worth living. You know how great you feel when your life is filled with love and joy and health and creativity, and you get the green lights and the parking places. This is how our lives are meant to be lived. The Universe is a generous, abundant giver, and it likes to be appreciated. 

Think about how you feel when you give a friend a present.  If the person looks and it and her face falls, or she says, “Oh, it’s not my size, or not my color, or I never use anything like that, or is that all there is,” then I am sure you will have little desire to ever give her a present again. However, if her eyes dance with delight, and she is pleased and thankful, then every time you see something she would like, you want to give it to her, whether you actually do so or not. 

For quite some time now, I’ve been accepting every compliment and every present with: “I accept with joy and pleasure and gratitude,” I have learned that the Universe loves this expression, and I constantly get the most wonderful presents. 

When I awaken in the morning, the first thing I do before I even open my eyes is to thank my bed for a good night’s sleep. I am grateful for the warmth and comfort it has given me. From that beginning, it is easy to think of many, many more things that I am grateful for. By the time I have gotten out of bed, I have probably expressed gratitude for 80 or 100 different people, places, things, and experiences in my life. This is a great way to start the day. 

In the evening, just before sleep, I go through the day, blessing and grateful for each experience. I also forgive myself if I feel that I made a mistake or said something inappropriate or made a decision that was not the best. This exercise fills me with “warm fuzzies,” and I drift off to sleep like a happy baby. 

Start a gratitude journal. Write something to be grateful about each day. On a daily basis, tell someone how grateful you are for something. Tell sales clerks, waiters, postal workers, employers and employees, friends, family, and perfect strangers. Share the gratitude secret. Let’s help make this a world of grateful, thankful giving and receiving ….  For everyone!