On Gratitude: 11 Universal Laws for “ThanksLiving”

The Law of Thanksgiving

It’s easy to be grateful around the Thanksgiving holiday. But what if we were able to find ourselves feeling grateful year round? What that might change about your life?

The Law of Who Past

To whom in the past are you grateful? Someone who gave you a break, someone who cared about you, inspired you, believed in you, or someone who simply listened to you? Have you ever sought them out to thank them, perhaps just a phone call to say thanks? As someone who has made those kind of calls, it really feels good to express your gratitude. And as someone who has had the privilege of being on the receiving end of those kind of calls, it sure can make your day, your week, or more.

The Law of Who Now

For whom are you grateful for in your life right now? Have you let them know lately how much you appreciate them? If not, give the gift today!

The Law of Attitude

Gratitude is simply an attitude. The one thing we can always choose each day, in any situation, is our attitude. Therefore, we always have the ability to choose an attitude of gratitude.

The Law of Abundance, Part 1

One great benefit of a gratitude attitude is you become much more aware of the abundance you already have in your life.

The Law of Abundance, Part 2

Another great and unexpected benefit of a gratitude attitude is that, with this consistent attitude of gratitude, you seem to be able to draw even more and more abundance into your life.

The Law of Abundance, Part 3

Author Stephen Glenn has this definition of abundance; “In terms of the population of the planet, you have abundance if, when you wake up each morning, you have:

  • a choice of what to eat
  • a choice of what to wear
  • a job to go to
  • a way to get there.”

The Law of Lacking

If we focus on all the things we want and don’t have, we wind up feeling lacking. Not a great state to be in.

The Law of Blessed

When we focus on all the many things we need and want that we do have, we wind up feeling blessed. A pretty great state to be in.

The Law of Focus

Have you ever noticed that what you consistently focus on tends to be what happens? I’ve also noticed that when we focus on what we lack, we tend to get selfish, looking out only for ourselves. On the other hand, when we focus on our blessings, it’s much easier to look out for others as well as ourselves.

Yes, it really can be that simple.

The Law of “Betcha”

I’ll “betcha” that if between now and next Thanksgiving season, you focus on developing a consistent, year round gratitude attitude, your life will be a whole lot better this time next year.

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Jeff Herring

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  • I love this post! I’m grateful for you!

  • Thanks Jeff
    I’m going to share this with some people that are down right now. If this is not just coming from me it might feel more real and you have so many really great points here.
    I love the “Law of Blessing” – and taking inventory with the “Law of Abundance, Part 3”. Just being able to say I have a home, a family, food on the table, a job to go to, and choice is truly a blessing.

  • Thanks a bunch Jeff for all you and Maritza have done for me. I’m gonna go for the Law of Betcha.

    • Jeff Herring

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      You betcha!

  • Jeff & Maritza –

    Thanks so much for the Thanksgiving reminder!

    Thought you would enjoy seeing the Global Gratitude Postcard Project (#GGPP on Twitter) I co-created with Roisin Markham, an artist in Ireland > http://consciousshift.posterous.com

    You’ll love it – and may even want to join us, as a joyful project with the boys! – over the holidays …

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Love & LIGHT,
    Julie Ann

  • I’m grateful for Yoga this morning, Cardio class this morning, for my two sons, for my sisters, and all my wonderful family, for my amazing friends, for life, for the sun, for my health, for meeting you and Maritza, for so many things, daily….. Hugs, Diana

  • Elizabeth Barhydt

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    oJeff thank you for all your beautiful words of wisdom

    I am grateful for all the beautiful people in my life

    I am grateful I can make choices

  • Jenni Wright

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    I’m grateful for all you give to us Jeff. Thank you! This is a great article and I’ll be using some of the “laws” in my “attitude of gratitude” presentation – with acknowledgement of course.

    Jenni Wright

  • Met you at a Matt Bacak event and have been grateful to you ever since.
    Really good people just sort of shine through.
    Keep the pen moving!

  • What a lovely gift this is! Thank you. You bring such a lot of heart to the marketing world and set some great examples for the rest of us.

    Gratitude is the secret key that unlocks an endless flow of abundance. A generous heart never lacks for anything.

  • Charles

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    Happy Thanksgiving Jeff!
    When I saw the subject of your e-mail, I had to hop over to the blog and soak up your wisdom. All of your points are excellent for this time of year and at any time. That is why my favorite part of the post is The Law of “Betcha”. I have been a part of the Gratitude Team at my church this year and I can attest that focused attention on gratitude and appreciation over period of time makes a marked difference in one’s life.

    I am kicking myself for not thinking to add you to my 5 e-mail sequence on Thanksgiving Everyday. I’ll share them with you so we can compare notes.

    Thanks for this post Jeff, I enjoy how you do so much more than teach Article Marketing.


  • Jeff Herring

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    Barb – what a great idea – blessings on you for doing that!

    ~ Jeff

  • Jeff Herring

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    Julie Ann – thanks for the link and connection!

    ~ Jeff

  • Kasia

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    I really enjoyed this post, especially the different parts of gratitude and abundance. I will definitely implement the laws that I didn’t know about before. Thanks so much for a great blog!

  • Jeff: I had been looking for an article that dealt with being thankful for your job, and was unsuccessful. This post is the best! Thank you I will pass it on to my practice management following.


  • Jeff – I somehow received this on December 5th – but was already involved in this Attitude of Gratitude all year long. I’m an examiner for Examiner.com (thanks to your earlier encouragement) and wrote a similar article last month. Thank you for all that you ARE and all that you do for us – you are a gracious and generous soul. I’m sharing the video with my group of chaplains at our church.


    PS here’s the shortened link to my article: http://exm.nr/cJ6YXo

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