The Power of Gratitude For Manifesting

By Mia Fox
By Mia Fox

Bestselling Manifestation Book Author of 'Become the CEO of Your Dream Life'

Gratitude is one of the healthiest emotions you can experience, and it is enormously influential in helping you manifest your dreams. As the Law of Attraction works the way that we attract on what we focus on, we better focus on the things we are grateful for. And in this guide, I share all my secret tips on how to use the power of gratitude in your manifestations.

Benefits of Gratitude

The power of gratitude has only just begun to be researched thoroughly, and we are continuously finding out that it has countless benefits. But I personally believe that gratitude is the most powerful manifesting tool you can use when you want to reach your BIG dreams and goals.

It’s like showing the universe, day in, and day out, what it should deliver. Just the things you are grateful for, so all the stuff that makes you happy!

If you’re feeling a bit stuck at the moment, or if you’re ready and excited to elevate your life, then learning how to practice gratitude is one of the best places to start.

Not only will it create more health and happiness in your life, but you will also have a much easier (and fun) time manifesting what you want.

In this guide, we are going to talk about some of the benefits of gratitude, especially in conjunction with the law of Attraction, but I also cover things like the effects of gratitude on the brain, and how practicing it daily can truly change your life.

Effects of Gratitude on the Brain

Before we talk about manifestation, let’s discuss some of the physical and emotional benefits of gratitude. Some of the benefits of gratitude on the brain include decreased stress, emotional regulation, and increased likelihood of positive emotion.

And the better you are feeling physically and emotionally, the easier it is for you to reach your dreams and take the necessary action to crush through your goals.

Reduced Stress

Practicing gratitude reduces stress by focusing attention on something that enhances your life. It releases your mind from the bonds of negative emotions that may have you feeling trapped.

For example, if you are worried about a lack of money, you may be feeling the stress of living close to the edge. If you took some time to focus on something you have that you can be grateful for (good health, strong relationships, a community you’re a part of), it can change your perspective and elicit emotions of “having” instead of “not having.”

When we feel in our minds that our needs are met (even if they aren’t yet), it sends a signal to our brain that we can relax and exit fight or flight mode.

By refocusing our attention on a subject of gratitude, it relieves the pressure we feel on an emotional and mental level. When we do this continuously, it becomes more accessible, as the brain follows the habits that we teach it.

Emotional Regulation

In terms of increasing emotional regulation, gratitude works by increasing the activity in your pre-frontal cortex. This is the area of the brain where both the right and left hemispheres meet. It lights up when we experience social situations and pleasure.

By increasing neural activity in this section of the brain, it causes new positive neurons to fire. When you do this repeatedly, the capacity for more similar activity increases. The brain begins to expect this type of activity.

With the increase of positive activity in the pre-frontal cortex, your emotional regulation system is stronger and healthier, allowing you to have a little better grip on your emotions.

Increased Likelihood of Positive Emotion

Brain researches have shown that you can rewire your brain over time. In simple terms: “neurons that fire together, wire together.”

That means that the more you practice specific thoughts and behaviors, the stronger the connections will be for those thoughts and actions.

So, when you practice gratitude and feel these enjoyable, stress-relieving, peace-inducing emotions, your ability to do it more and more increases. If you consciously practice gratitude daily, soon, your brain will be looking for reasons to experience gratitude without you telling it to. 

The Power of Gratitude for Manifesting

Now that we know a little bit more about how gratitude affects us physically and emotionally, let’s talk about the power of gratitude and manifesting.

Gratitude is helpful for manifesting because it creates a state of abundance within us and changes our mindset. By merely focusing on the things you are grateful for in your life creates an understanding that you are provided for, you are safe, and you have plenty.

When talking about manifesting, it is important to mention vibrational frequencies and energetic signatures. Since everything in our world is made of energy, we can also note that everything carries an energetic frequency, much like a radio transmitter.

We are only ever able to “tune” into the frequencies at which we operate.

For instance, if you are continually feeling stress, lack, or shame, you are running on the frequency that is in tune with those emotions and thoughts. When you’re tuned to the frequency, you’re attracting more of it.

When you are tuned to higher frequencies through emotions like gratitude, acceptance, love, and abundance, you have changed your tune to match that of the feelings you’re looking to feel.

And when you’re tuned to the right frequencies, you attract what’s on that level.

Gratitude is the emotional signature of receiving. By remaining in the state of receiving, you are matching your frequency with already having what you desire.

Even if you mentally understand you haven’t received it yet, feeling gratitude keeps your energetic vibration at the level of abundance, and thus, attracts what you want.


Use Gratitude for Clearing Abundance Blocks and Negative Emotion

To manifest more abundance in your life, you need to clear some of those manifestation blocks you have. They can be built up from internal beliefs that you are not worthy of abundance or of manifesting your dreams.

However, when you practice gratitude for the things you want but haven’t yet received, it can put you into the emotional state of already having what you want. In short, you act as if.

The more your mind becomes accustomed to these emotions, it slowly lets go of the past thinking patterns of unworthiness and accepts your new way of thinking as the new normal.

Gratitude + Generosity = Abundance

One of my favorite formulas for manifesting success is gratitude + generosity = abundance.

It’s a concept I teach in my manifesting book, Become the CEO of Your Dream Life. This is incredibly powerful for two reasons.


  1. Practicing gratitude already signals to your brain that you have what you want.
  2. By being generous with what you have, it doubles down on your faith that you are abundant, and you have plenty to spare.

Generosity is your real-world “proof” that you genuinely believe that you are abundant. When you believe strongly enough to take action through generosity, then you are absolutely aligned with abundance.

How to Practice Gratitude

There are many ways to cultivate a feeling of gratitude in your life. 

Gratitude is an emotion, and humans can create emotion in their minds and bodies through thought alone.

By thinking about things you are grateful for, you are automatically practicing gratitude. Just try to think about the person or people in your life who you are most thankful for and feel the wave of positive emotion wash over you.

And if you want more inspiring ideas on how to practice thankfulness every day, check out my post with 10 powerful ways to practice gratitude daily or 3 ways to say thank you before breakfast.

The simplest way of practicing gratitude is to make a list of things you are thankful for every day. This manifesting technique is called a gratitude list or gratitude journal.

You can do this on a piece of paper, or mentally, but it is more powerful if you write it down.

Every day, write down three to five things you are grateful for. When you write them down, focus on why you’re thankful and spend some time focusing solely on being thankful without expectation.

For example, one day, you may be grateful for a healthy breakfast, a good sleep, and a supporting partner. The next, you may be thankful for the gift of sight, a positive memory, or a passion you share. 

It doesn’t matter how big or small the thing you’re grateful for is. As long as you create the emotion, you’re on the right track.

You can also write thank you notes to people who you appreciate. Someone who has been there for you through a tough time. Someone who you admire and who has impacted your life. Or, someone who needs a little bit of encouragement.

If you write down grateful thoughts towards a person, even if you do not send the note, it creates a sense of well-being and wholeness in your body. You are committing a selfless act.

Read more about this in my post 5 tips for your perfect gratitude list.

Another way to practice gratitude is to do something selfless. You could give to charity, offer help to someone who needs it; buy the person behind you in line a coffee. 

When you do something selfless, it creates a sense of togetherness and gratitude within you that you can have a positive impact on another person’s life.

Practice Gratitude Consistently

The critical thing to remember is that consistency is key. You experience the benefits of gratitude the moment you feel it. However, when you cause yourself to enter a state of gratitude regularly, you experience the benefits over and over.

Continuous gratitude will have a compound effect. Gratitude you practice today will positively impact you for weeks to come.

That means, when you are practicing gratitude in those coming weeks, you will experience the residual benefits, and the immediate benefits of appreciation, causing a positivity snowball effect that grows stronger and bigger as you practice.

Want some ideas of things to be thankful for?  Grab this list of 101 things to be grateful for to manifest more of it – this will help you to fill your gratitude list in no time.

More Tips & Questions about Gratitude

How Can You Be Grateful When You Are Not Happy With the Current Situation?

I hear this question often, and I can understand that it is not easy to concentrate on “the good stuff” when everything seems to go wrong. And believe me, I know these days too. We all have them.

No problem, because I have the perfect solution for you. Baby steps! It’s not about how big and great the reason is for which you are grateful for, it’s simply about the feeling.

If you have difficulties in finding reasons to be thankful for, concentrate first on the small things that seem to be rather insignificant to you. After 4-5 such reasons, you will surely notice how the feeling of gratitude grows inside of you. And you will find more and more reasons to be grateful.

Can Gratitude Change Your Life?

Gratitude is one of the strongest emotions, especially when it comes to manifesting your dreams.

Nevertheless, only you can change your life! Through the actions, you take every day.

However, gratitude is a perfect tool to help you do this. So in that sense, yes, gratitude can help change your life.


What is a Gratitude Journal or Gratitude List? 

A gratitude list or gratitude journal is simply a way to express your gratitude in writing. If you want to read more about it, I recommend this post here: 5 Tips for Your Perfect Gratitude List.

Do I Need to Write Down My Gratitude?

No, there is no reason why you absolutely have to express your gratitude in written form. In the end, it is all about feeling.

Writing down your gratitude can help strengthen the feeling, and you might find it easier. Just try both ways and see what is best for you.

What I personally love to do is to have coffee with my husband in the morning and to tell him a few things for which I’m grateful for right now.

This is a great gratitude exercise that you should try if you have someone close to you. You can also do this over the phone, and it’s a great reason to call a good friend or your mother.

What Are Gratitude Exercises?

These are little exercises you can do to practice gratitude more often—something like the one I just mentioned, that I practice in the morning with my husband.

In this post here, I share more such gratitude exercises: 10 Powerful Ways to Practice Gratitude Daily. For example how to start a gratitude jar.

Can Gratitude Makes You Happy?

 Gratitude is not only an excellent tool for manifesting but also perfect for your personal development. The feeling of gratitude sets off various hormonal processes in the body that not only make you happier but also prevent you from having negative emotions.

There is no room in your head for gratitude and negative thoughts at the same time. This makes practicing gratitude the perfect self-care tooldon’t you think so too?

If you begin to practice gratitude today, you will start to see the benefits immediately. By being thankful, you are putting yourself into a positive emotional state that is healthy for your mind, body, and spirit and helps you manifest everything you want in life. 

I’m Mia Fox, bestselling author, and the face behind this manifestation blog. After a decade as an NLP coach, helping women to overcome their abundance blocks, I decided to quit 1:1 coaching and founded the SelfMadeLadies online community. Here I help thousands of daily readers, wonderful women, just like YOU, to make the law of attraction work. And now it’s YOUR turn, are you ready?  Then get started and “Become the CEO of Your Dream Life” – grab your copy of my manifestation book here »

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