Have you ever heard of the Law of Attraction? This is the name given to the belief that "like attracts like" and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results. We have recently read the book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and absolutely loved it. Now, some people disagree with this idea of the Law of Attraction. For us, we’re intrigued. It makes sense that negative thinking will manifest negative results and vise versa.Picture yourself as a living magnet. You attract events in your life that are in accordance with your last dominant thought.  In the book of Proverbs it states, “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.” Makes you second-guess where your thoughts have been lately, right? We have all heard the saying “you create your future.” In order to create something, you must first visualize it. So we must all visualize what we want out of life and believe we will receive it with all our being. In other words, we must live expecting. And believe what Frank Sinatra taught us, “The best is yet to come!”

Ok, so all we have to do is visualize what we want, believe we will receive it, and then BAM! It’s ours? If it were that easy, life would be a whole different ballgame. But maybe, just maybe, having the future we desire is simpler then we think. How can you attract more of the things and experiences you want in your life? The answer: GRATITUDE. In The Secret, Byrne explains, “When you sincerely feel the gratitude, the law of attraction says you must attract more of those things into your life. It works in the same way as metal being drawn to a magnet. Your gratitude is magnetic, and the more gratitude you have, the more abundance you magnetize.”

Everyone has heard the saying, "You reap what you sow.” This saying is describing this law, but also describing a principle that the great scientist Sir Isaac Newton discovered. One of his discoveries included the basic law of motion that says: every action always has an opposite and equal reaction. Now apply the idea of gratitude to Newton's law and you will discover the secret: every action of giving thanks always causes an opposite reaction of receiving. And what you receive will always be equal to the amount of gratitude you've given. This means that every action of gratitude sets off a reaction of receiving!

The major religion of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism all have the gratitude at their core. Muhammad said that gratitude for the abundance you've received is the best insurance that the abundance will continue. Buddha said that you have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy. Lao Tzu said that if you rejoice in the way things are, the whole world will belong to you. King David spoke of giving thanks to the whole world, for everything between the heavens and the Earth. And Jesus said thank you before he performed each miracle.

Gratitude is the golden thread that connects us all. So if in fact, the Law of Attraction is true, let us all begin to visualize the lives we desire while at the same time giving sincere thanks for what we have already been given. And if all else fails, and this is just a silly theory, at least our new way of thinking could make us a little more excited about what could be, a little more grateful for the lives we have, and a whole lot more positive throughout our days.