Gratitude is Good for You

Recently, Pastor Ivan Stubbs talked about how people who are the least anxious – or who aren’t really anxious much at all – have three habits in common.

  1. Gratitude
  2. Forgiveness
  3. Positivity

While we probably all sense what he’s saying is true, many of us still struggle with incorporating these attitudes into our daily lives. Take gratitude for example. Stress and negativity and discouragement seem to regularly work against any attempts to have gratitude, don’t they?

Consider that not only does gratitude change your outlook in just about every way, it’s also physically good for you. Dr. Andrew Weil in Gratitude is Good for Your Health says…

“Research suggests… that expressing and experiencing gratitude isn’t just good manners, it actually confers positive health effects including decreased levels of depression, anxiety, envy, job-related stress and burnout as well as increases in life satisfaction, vitality, hope, and optimism.”

Sign me up for all of those benefits. How about you? And they come just by having a habit of gratitude.

As with any habit, one of gratitude will take time to establish and will be built on small steps taken gradually over time. Consider these tips for getting started:

  1. Name 3 things you’re thankful for when you wake up in the morning.
  2. Express gratitude before every meal.
  3. Say what you’re thankful for in that day as you lie in bed before you fall asleep.

Simple? Yes, for sure. Easy? Not always. Yet, by just taking these small steps, a habit of gratitude will begin to grow. Before you know it, you’ll realize that you’re anxiety has decreased and satisfaction with life increased.

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

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