We know and understand biblically how vital a spirit of gratefulness is...and because God is so good, we now know from science that following God's commands to be grateful improves our lives ten fold. Here is an excerpt about Professor Robert Emmons of UC Davis:
"Studies have shown that people who regularly practice feeling thankful have a leg up when it comes to their health. Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at the University of California at Davis, has been a leading researcher in this growing field, termed “positive psychology.” His research has found that those who adopt an “attitude of gratitude” as a permanent state of mind experience many health benefits.
Emmons’ findings, along with those from other researchers such as Lisa Aspinwall, a psychology professor at the University of Utah, suggest that grateful people may be more likely to:
Take better care of themselves physically and mentally
Engage in more protective health behaviors and maintenance
Get more regular exercise
Eat a healthier diet
Have improved mental alertness
Schedule regular physical examinations with their doctor
Cope better with stress and daily challenges
Feel happier and more optimistic
Avoid problematic physical symptoms
Have stronger immune systems
Maintain a brighter view of the future
With that list of benefits, who wouldn’t want to try it? To get started giving thanks, consider integrating some of the steps below into your daily life."
Here are some verses to study as you contemplate your days and weeks ahead and how to start the pattern of true gratefulness:
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.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile
in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
We look forward to hearing about how a spirit of gratefulness has improved your health, relationships, and most importantly...your relationship with Christ.
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