Gratitude comes with a host of benefits. It improves your heart rhythm, reduces stress, and helps you heal physically and think more clearly under pressure. It floods your body and brain with endorphins that strengthen and rejuvenate you. And like any muscle, the more you exercise it the stronger it grows.
It doesn’t have to be complicated; just take a walk and think about your blessings and it will set the tone for your day. The psalmist said, ‘Praise the Lord and do not forget all His kindnesses.’ (Psalm 103:2 NCV) God’s blessings operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Try this: When you sit down to eat, have everyone at the table name something they’re thankful for. There’s always something. An elderly lady at a nursing home said, ‘I thank you, Lord, for two good teeth, one upper and one lower. And I thank you that they meet!’ Psychologist Martin Seligman suggests sending a letter or email of gratitude to somebody, then visiting that person and reading it to them. People who say ‘thank you’ are measurably happier and less depressed. The CEO of Campbell Soup wrote over sixteen thousand thank–you notes to his employees, and energised the entire company in the process. Go ahead, encourage your friends and co-workers by letting them know you appreciate what they do. The Bible says, ‘…be peaceable and considerate.’ One author observes: ‘You have it in your power to increase the sum total of the world’s happiness by giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who’s lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you’ll forget the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them for a lifetime.’ Word for Today
Today, I am grateful for:
- The fact that I am feeling so exhausted this morning – because hubby, and I and Baby Girl had a fantastic, fun-filled weekend. It was awesome.
- For my beautiful man – I forgot to withdraw money to pay the maid today, and he left early to go withdraw some money to help me out this morning. Isn’t he just the greatest?
- For my gorgeous daughter – who sang on her own on her school concert on Friday night. I did not know she could keep a tune – I am very, very proud to be her mama.
- For the fun with family and friends – we had her concert on Friday, then met up with friends for dinner afterwards. On Saturday we went to a birthday party, then did our grocery shopping. On Sunday we went to get a few things at the shops, and then had friends around again last night. It was really fun. But tiring, and so I am grateful for being tired today.
- That God has so richly blessed my life and that I have so much to be grateful for.