With Thanksgiving coming up, of course people start to look at their lives, and feel gratitude. This is great, however, we should be grateful all the time, not just on Thanksgiving. I think all of us in our lives sometimes forget to be grateful, and instead complain about the weather, our dentist appointment, a cranky teacher, not having good internet signal, etc. When we think about this, it is actually kind of sad. How could we of all people in the world, who live in a blessed nation under God, be so ungrateful? Well I think the answer to that question is because of our perspective…There is a quote that I love that says,
Isn’t it so true? Like the example of complaining about weather, there may be people in the world who are praying for rain, because their crop is dying & their job depends on it.
Lately I have been reading lots of resources about gratitude – including its benefits, and ways to improve in being grateful in your life. I came across many articles, but one of them in particular talks science about a grateful brain. You can click here if you’d like to read the whole article, but I’m going to sum up my favorite parts of it here. There was a study by a couple of American researchers who assigned young adults to keep a daily journal of things they were grateful for, and then assigned another group to write down anything that annoyed them. The results of the young adults keeping a record of their gratitude, showed an increase in determination, attention, enthusiasm, and energy compared to the other group. A group of Chinese researchers found that those who were grateful had better sleep, and had significantly decreased depression.
In the article it explains how the brain can only focus on being either positive, or negative…it can’t be both. So if you’re thinking positive, the brain will look for more things to be grateful for.
There was an instance during the hurricane Irma where in our home we lost power for almost 3 days. It made me realize how many things that I take for granted…Lights, internet, air conditioning, the refrigerator, control over water temperature, etc. I remember being in the cold shower in the dark, thinking how grateful I was to have clean running water (even though I was freezing).
Click here for a podcast episode that I think is a really great discussion on the importance of gratitude.
Starting today, I encourage all of us to list at least 3-5 things a day of what we’re thankful for…Yes, write it down, pray to God in praise/gratitude, and I am sure, we’ll all be happier people.
Let’s start in the comments – say something you’re grateful for right now!
I’m grateful that God inspired me to create this blog, so that I can reach all of you amazing people, and that the Holy Ghost gave me guidance in what to say in this blog post!