Gratitude effects our relationships to others and our senes of opportunity. As you look at the image of the auric field, notice the perimeter of the auric field is larger, whiter, and more brilliant than a normal auric field. Gratitude helps us to shift to a sense of being open and receptive, as well.
Sometimes people feel if they are grateful for another person, or thier life circumstances, this means it will limit them, make them a door mat, repeat the same mistakes, won't be able to punish another person or life circumstances. Grattidue does not take away our resilience, nor does it take away boundaries. Gratitude can help us overcome feeling stuck. Gratitude doesn't mean you stop growing or cease to improve your life.
Another common way that people interact is through complaining about what they feel their life should be, or what they don't have. Introduce the action of saying a few things that you are grateful for with this person and encourage them to say a few things they find gratitude for in their life. Most of the time I have heard people say they are grateful for something in the world. Say something you are grateful about yoruself! Say something you are grateful about your friend too. Then switch roles. These can be very touching moments that change the old complaining programming, and positively change the relationship dynamic.
Expanding the Sceince and Practice of Gratitude Results in 2015
The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at the University of Califonria together with Professor Robert Emmons of the University of California, Davis announced on December 7, 2011, the launching of a $5.9 million, three-year project to advance the study of gratitude that includes a research grant competition (funded by the John Templeton Foundation). The goals of this program are to deepen the scientific understanding of gratitude, promote evidenced-based gratitude practice in schools and hospitals, and engage the public in a broader cultural conversations about the role of gratitdue in society.
More information at http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/expandinggratitude/