Your Gratitude Will Increase If You Improve Your Powers of Concentration

Gratitude-ConcentrationHave you ever thought about how your gratitude will increase if you improve your powers of concentration? I don’t think most people will consider the two topics together, unless of course, your are concentrating on gratitude!

If you stop to ponder it for a movement, when you improve your powers of concentration you can actually get more done in less time (Can you tell I am keeping with the whole productivity theme I recently wrote about here?). Here are a few of the major benefits of developing your ability to focus as well as some practical steps for achieving some pretty extreme concentration abilities; let’s consider some of the benefits you achieve when you improve your concentration:

1.    As I already indicated, you will be more productive. By devoting your full attention to the task at hand and you simply are ‘in the moment’, you will end up producing a much better  work product. You will be able to complete this in less time and end up with something better than you would have had if you are thinking about 10 other things (I call this monkey mind).

2.    Would you believe that you will actually be a better friend when you start concentrating? Yup! It is true! Have you had a discussion with someone who is busy thinking about something else? It is almost as if he/she is not there. Conversations will become more pleasant when you feel like the other people participating are really listening to you. A rewarding conversation will increase the feeling of love, joy, and gratitude that you feel. If that works for you,  it will work for them! Paying attention to others will help you appreciate your not only your family and friends, but it will also work with your co-workers.

3.    I mentioned in the first item, the notion of the monkey-mind. When you loose the monkey mind, you will feel more peaceful. When you feel more peaceful, you will also experience more gratitude. There are plenty of studies that have demonstrated that multitasking makes people slower and less effective at performing various tasks. Trying to do too many things at once can cause stress and make you feel less alert. By contrast, focusing on one thing helps to calm your mind. A calm mind leads to gratitude as well.

I will continue on this topic tomorrow if you find it interesting enough. Let me know by leaving a comment.

Be Well.
The Gratitude Guru


  1. Elvie on January 28, 2011 at 7:45 am

    What a refreshing thought. I always hear how staying focused will increase your productivity, but never thought of how it will make me a better friend. It is so true. Thanks Paul, love your site.

  2. Marie on January 28, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Loved today’s quote about getting rid of the box!

  3. MTMDebra on January 28, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Concentration – Gratitude, It makes since thanks for the great article.

  4. Laurence Hansen on January 28, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Perhaps the converse is even more true. When you develop an attitude of gratitude, when you take a little time every day to give intentional thought to everything you have to be grateful for, it helps clear you mind so it becomes easier to concentrate.

    Then it becomes easier to make a decision to concentrate and act on that decision.

    And naturally, gratitude grows.

    Thanks, Paul.


  5. Victoria Gazeley on January 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Nice post, Paul. I’ve decided to start each day with sending a note to someone in my circle letting them know how much I appreciate them. Interestingly, it’s helping me be more focussed. Strange, that!! ;o)

  6. Jaime on January 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Great post Paul. I would have never put gratitude and concentrate together. But it does make sense the way you have explained it. I will try to use some of your tips. Thanks

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  8. Mandy Anderson on January 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Thank you for your mission of spreading gratitude, Paul!

  9. Donovan Grant on January 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Paul, I love the simple way that you put things. I truly think that we miss so much because we are jumping around from one thing to another without any sustained focus. Thanks for the reminder.

  10. John Marine on January 28, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I am so gratful that I am heading into the final phase of mylife — READY AND PREPARED TO ENGAGE LIFE ON MY TERMS- hehehehhe- lolololl thanks – i have decided to approachc this phase of life by getting myself in shape MENTALLY PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY – how you say? well—by: first of all – going slow all the time – focusing on the moment I am in – and –remaining silent and listening —- hahaha- all you got to do – is go slow- focus on now and stay silent – thanks–John Marine –

  11. Menka on January 29, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Please keep posting more, it is a great lesson. Thanks Paul.

  12. Tiffany on January 29, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Hi Paul, you bring up great points and I completely agree. Being focused also helps me enjoy task that I’d put off. I like how you describe a mind that’s all over the place as a “monkey mind”. Never thought of it like that. It’s so true.

  13. Ruth M on January 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks Paul for the new post, I am a believer in meditation and breaking the vision by imagining and concentrating on it daily. I love this!!

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