It's Good for You
1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Cultivating gratitude is not only a feel-good practice; it's also essential for your overall well-being, as research confirms. A recent article in the health and wellness section of The Wall Street Journal highlights the latest findings showing that grateful individuals tend to lead happier and healthier lives.
Embracing a mindset of gratitude often ushers in a host of positive emotions and qualities, including hope, contentment, courage, cheerfulness, patience, and positivity. It becomes challenging to "count your blessings" while simultaneously harboring feelings of anger, spite, fear, or jealousy.
Harvard University researchers have drawn a link between gratitude and happiness, reinforcing this connection within the realm of positive psychology. They've found that gratitude empowers people to experience more positive emotions, savor pleasant experiences, boost their overall health, cope effectively with adversity, and foster relationships.
Modern science and research validate what the Bible has professed for over 3,000 years: Giving thanks has profound benefits for our mental and physical well-being.
Do it for your health! Practice gratitude today. Memorize 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
Jesus, thank you for reminding me that giving thanks helps me to refocus. Enable me to center my mind on what is important. Remind me of the blessings you have given me and the people you surround me with. Calm my spirit and help me hear your voice. In Jesus' name. Amen.