On this Thanksgiving, praying you take the time to reflect on your many blessings. What a day to remind us of how our areas of gratitude!
Gratitude, grateful, thankful, thanksgiving, appreciation
What do these words mean to you? What role do they play in your everyday life?
Wow, I am amazed how much information is available on this important link between gratitude and health. Just search for these two terms and see what all you will find.
What is gratitude?
This is being aware of all of the good things in your life. And it is being thankful for those things. Have you considered being grateful for:
- A safe place to sleep
- Food to eat
- Clothes to cover yourself
- Having a friend to call
- Your job – current or past
- A beautiful day
This simple awareness of and being thankful for these ‘little’ things can boost your health.
Note, it doesn’t have to be the biggest house or the softest bed or the tastiest food or the latest fashion clothing to be grateful. Gratitude focuses on what you have – all of the good things – rather than what you don’t have.
Expressing gratitude can:
- Boost your spirits and sense of well-being
- Boost your immune system making you less likely to get sick
- Decrease your chances of heart disease
- Improve your performance (grades, work productivity, concentration)
- Bust your stress
There are many ways you can make gratitude part of your life. Here are a few recommended in a Harvard Mental Health newsletter:
- Write a thank-you note
- Go up and thank someone
- Keep a gratitude journal
- Keep a list of your thanks = count your blessings
See your day and your health improve by focusing on the positive.
Even therapy for mood disorders and approaches to negative thinking know this truth. I am quoting this from Rick Warren, “When you change the way you think, it changes the way you feel. And when you change the way you feel, it changes the way you act.”
On this Independence Day weekend, as a country, we have much reason for gratitude!
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We have so many reasons to be grateful!
Have you ever been in a ‘funk’ having a bad day and then remembered to be grateful? I have done this so many times. When all looks dark and gloomy, make yourself think about all of the things that are good and right.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
I’ll quickly admit I don’t always think to do this. I stay in that dark place far too long. Later, once I’m out I realize I had the ‘magic potion’ to leave that darkness behind. It was given to us by Christ when he died to erase our sins. It was given to us by God who maintained His love and focus on the good in the Jews through centuries of missteps (just as we live a series of missteps).
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I don’t even know where to begin selecting Bible verses to draw us closer to the benefits of gratitude. There are so many!!!
Psalm 118:24 ESV
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Colossians 3:17 ESV
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Psalm 136:1 ESV
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Ephesians 1:16 ESV
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,
James 1:17 ESV
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
I feel energized, positive, and excited just reading these verses full of hope and promise! I am thankful for each person who takes the time to read this. May you be blessed by these assurances from God!
I pray you can stay focused on the many good things in your life this week and that can keep you out of the dark, gloomy places.