Gratitude Begins Where The Feeling of Entitlement Ends, + 24 Amazing Benefits
The title of today’s post was adapted from a quote I came across recently that says, “Gratitude begins where my sense of entitlement ends.” ~ Steven Furtick
Having read that, it quickly dawned on me that persons who go on living their life daily without being grateful, are prideful.
Not only are they prideful, but they feel they are entitled to the gift of life, hence the reason they do not say thank you.
There is also the sense of entitlement to a job, title, position in high office, wealth, success, and blessings [big or small] and some even have the expectation of these things without any effort whatsoever on their part.
Their belief system is such that they think of themselves as inherently deserving of privileges or some special treatment and that they have a right to an explanation on just about everything.
The reality is however, none of us are entitled to anything!
In addition, who did not grow up hearing our parents constant reminder, “Remember to say ‘thank you?'”
‘Thank you’ are two of the first words we learn from our parents when we were little. Not only was it and will always be proper etiquette, it’s a God given gift through His Spirit and the foundation of what connects our heart to Him as our Father.
Every good and perfect gift comes from God and the expression of gratitude is His instructive decision to us His children that in everything, we are to give thanks always. [1 Thessalonians 5:18]
“The most important prayer in the world is just two words long: “Thank you.” ~ Meister Eckart
We must realize that God is the source of all goodness and the more we give thanks to Him, the deeper our love and appreciation grows for Him and all that we have or have hopes of getting.
A heart filled with gratitude will drive out every feeling of discontentment, whining, complaining, self-pity, hatred and pride.
A life filled with gratitude distinguishes us from the wicked, who “although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God, nor gave thanks to him, but [in the process] their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:21)
When the feeling of entitlement ends, gratitude begins. It will take practice especially if gratitude was not a part of your life style.
On that premise, Judi Mayne suggests to us, ‘as we consciously awaken to all that we have to be grateful for, God will slowly develop in us a continual attitude of gratitude.’
Benefits of Gratitude Practice as Opposed to Entitlement
- Gratitude brings peace and tranquility into our lives.
- Happiness increases when we are grateful
- Gratitude generates social capital – makes us more likable and helps us to network
- We are healthier both in the short and long run
- Gratitude helps us to achieve our career goals
- Gratitude bolster and strengthen our relationships with each other
- Potentially life-changing development come about as a result of gratitude
- Strong correlation between gratitude and optimism – makes us happier and healthier
- Gratitude diminishes the focus for materialism and helps us to become more appreciative of the other good in life such as family
- Strongly linked to spirituality so that the feelings of gratitude increases
- We are far less self-centered, egotistic and prideful
- Known to increase one’s self-esteem
- Reduces the amount of time it takes us to fall asleep and increases the duration of sleep.
- Gratitude add years to our life – strong possibility that you live longer on this earth
- Increased strength and vitality
- Good on our emotions as it helps us to bounce back and have a good come back in life
- Helps us to have a positive feeling and generally makes us feel good
- We are more relaxed
- Gratitude reduces the feelings of envy and discontentment
- We are friendlier to others and more sensitive to their needs.
- Gratitude deepens the bond of friendship
- The practice of gratitude in marriage bring about a stronger bond and raises the positivity ratio to a far higher level than if one is not grateful
- Gratitude helps us to better achieve our goals – works best and results best realized when a gratitude journal is maintained
- Gratitude improves one’s decision making skills while it makes us more productive
Question: Are you sold out on the benefits of gratitude and living and practicing it in your daily life? Leave your response in the comment box below.
Gratitude begins when we no longer have the feeling of entitlement. It is not a cure-all, but when we practice it, it is a great way to improve life-satisfaction and happiness, thus making the world a better place to live in.
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Wonderful post on gratitude 🙂
I totally agree with you about the fact that our parents always stressed us to use the ‘3 Magical Words – Thank you , sorry and welcome, and if they hadn’t, we’d never have learnt them!
We should never hold back ourselves to thank a person regardless of the amount of help given by them. It is very surprising, but a simple ‘thank you ‘ can also change the person’s attitude towards you and brings happiness to oneself too. We should try and replace ‘Attitude’ with ‘Gratitude’ because of its several benefits as mentioned in the post.
Thus we should knock down the wall of ‘entitlement’ move towards the door of ‘enlightenment and achievement’ and should open it with the key means of ‘gratitude’. Loved all of your points – very apt indeed.
And to answer your question , yes I strongly believe in practicing gratitude in my daily life and encourage my children to do the same. It all starts at the base level, which is the home front 🙂
Thanks for sharing this with us. Happy weekend ! 🙂
I love this feedback! You have brought so much value in your comment thus making the post more authentic and credible! Thank you for that. 🙂
This statement of yours hammered a home run for me:
“Thus we should knock down the wall of ‘entitlement’ move towards the door of ‘enlightenment and achievement’ and should open it with the key means of ‘gratitude.’ ”
When entitlement is knocked out of the way, it brings the person to a place of humility where s/he can be enlightened about the fact of life that ‘in everything we must give thanks/ say thank you.’ Whether or not it is what was expected, the idea is to say, thank you.
In my line of duty at work I find it so rude that you do something for someone and they never bothered to say thanks. To bring it a little closer home to our blogs – I hate it that one would take the time to read a post, leave a comment and the one who wrote the article or the blog owner never bothered to respond to the comment, let alone say thank you for coming. Also, we go to people’s blogs and comment and they don’t even bother to come to ours to reciprocate. I am sure you will agree that both examples are instances of entitlement and things that are a huge turn off.
Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to come and to share your thoughts with us. Have a great weekend! 🙂
What an excellent post. It is so true what you say. People who are not grateful, are prideful. People are always competing with each other and it is almost as if they think by showing any gratitude will show weakness. And everybody always wants to be the stronger or better than the next person. Yet there are so much power in these Biblical principles.
What is most fascinating to me, is the fact that people who express these principles such as gratitude, and achieve the inner calmness that goes along with, are always demanding respect from everybody else wherever they go, without even trying. As I heard a preacher saying once, it is not self-confidence, but God-confidence.
Thank you for this great reminder to be grateful.
It’s a pleasure to have you here and to leave such a wonderful value added comment on this post. Interestingly, you’ve mentioned about the competition that is prevalent among us in society today. Not only do they think by showing gratitude it’s a sign of weakness, but it competing with each other exposes individuals to behavior that are out of character to get ahead of the game, envy, greed and hate.
Another outstanding point you made is that even those who express gratitude and get the benefits of it, how they are always demanding respect from everybody else. It is sad but true.
The hope we have though is that a heart of gratitude comes from God and it is in Him that we ought to put our confidence to bring about the desired change, and not in ourselves.
Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. We appreciate you.
This article was a serious eye opener!!! Didn’t know the many benefits of gratitude until now. Thank you!!! Although I try to be thankful for all things & sometimes fall short, you’ve just encouraged me to step it up & be more conscious!!!
Hi Sizzlin’ Saint
Happy that you stopped by today and trust that your day is going well thus far. 🙂
I will admit that I was not always sold out on gratitude like I am not. I was encouraged by a fellow blogger about 2 years ago and it gets better each day where I am saying thank you so many times in one day.
Not to worry – we all fall short of something everyday. The thing is though you are more consciously aware of it, and that you have been encouraged to step it up more.
Thanks and do have yourself an enjoyable day/weekend! Cheers! 🙂