By Angela R Loeb
“When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.” –Tony Robbins
Long before self-help phenomena Tony Robbins came to the profound conclusion that gratitude leads to abundance, there was Wallace D. Wattles’ wise observations in 1910 about gratitude and its effects on those who practice it.
In fact, he dedicated a whole chapter to it in his book, The Science of Getting Rich, the book that Rhonda Byrne says that her daughter gave her and which prompted her to create the movie and book, The Secret.
Wallace D. Wattles wrote that gratitude “brings your whole mind into closer harmony with the creative energies of the universe.” He added that reaching your mind out to the creative substance of the Universe with gratitude causes a reaction of instantaneous movement back towards you. Then he used a biblical reference to confirm his point, saying that it is a psychological truth as well: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” (James 4:8).
My colleague, Tom Cassidy, who has a degree in physics from Oxford, likes to point out that this is classic Newtonian physics… it’s the principle of action and reaction.
Of course, whether you go for the religious view or the scientific view, both are correct. Ultimately, the way I see it is this… thoughts of gratitude vibrate at a higher level and so having such thoughts will help you to attract higher vibrational responses from others (and the Universe).