Gratitude and An Emotional Scale

Last night I was once again filled with gratitude as I went to my book shelf and grabbed a copy of  Esther & Jerry Hicks’ book Ask & It Is Given.

gratitude-askI have been reading this causally over the past few months. When I get a moment, I read a little bit. Before I go to sleep, I will read some more.  I am reading a few books like that right now. Each time I read something, it seems as if it is the right time for me to be reading that – it is another piece to the puzzle for whatever lesson I am learning at that point. (I get a lot of emails from people telling me that the Gratitude Burst was PERFECT for them that day… so I understand what people mean by that!) When something resonates like that so much, I take it as an indication that I am still learning what I need to learn!

Anyway, the last chapter of the book discusses an emotional scale. It also describes a process for you to help move higher on the scale. The scale is:

1. Joy/knowledge/empowerment/freedom/love/appreciation
2. Passion
3. Enthusiasm/eagerness/happiness
4. Positive expectation/belief
5. Optimism
6. Hopefulness
7. Contentment
8. Boredom
9. Pessimism
10. Frustration/irritation/impatience
11. Overwhelment
12. Disappointment
13. Doubt
14. Worry
15. Blame
16. Discouragement
17. Anger
18. Revenge
19. Hatred/rage
20. Jealousy
21. Insecurity/guilt/unworthiness
22. Fear/grief/depression/despair/powerlessness

My first thought when I saw this list was, “Wow! There are a lot of ‘negative’ emotions compared to the ‘positive ones’.

If you find that you are not in a good mood, try to identify where you are on this scale. For example, if you are feeling that you are a ’21’ because you are feeling unworthy, see if you can move up just one notch to a ’20’ and be jealous instead. While it might not see to be a big difference, you are making progress!

Honestly, I have not yet finished the chapter – when I do, I will come back and write some more about this.

Be Well.
The Gratitude Guru


  1. Joelle on October 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    One of my favorite books. I actually carry it around with me in my purse!! 🙂

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