As mentioned in my last post, some of us have skirted death or a major disaster in the blink of an eye. Whenever this occurs, a heightened sense of gratitude will surge through our consciousness. Whew! In the aftermath of death-defying odds, it’s only natural to see and appreciate our blessings in a whole new light. But what if that deep appreciation never wore off? The power of gratitude is a fascinating subject that has been studied for decades by various industry leaders. Basically, it operates like a miraculous gateway which can transform us on many levels—individually and collectively. When we cross thru the corridors of gratitude, we will receive abundant gifts.
From a health standpoint, studies reveal that gratitude leads to better self-care by helping us to exercise more frequently and limit our alcohol consumption. It also improves our mental and emotional well-being, curbs mild depression, and fosters healthier relationships. Gratitude is not a short-term feeling only to be experienced during the Thanksgiving holiday. According to the Bible, we should never stop being thankful. Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” For many people, this scripture seems like a tall order; it’s one thing to be grateful during the good times, but not so easy in those tough times or bad predicaments.
Why is gratitude incredibly important? Well, let’s consider those grumpy individuals who take so much for granted. Despite pleasant circumstances, whiners can always find something to complain about. Their attention is habitually focused on everything wrong—lacks, limitations, disadvantages and so forth. By undermining their own contentment in life, they deplete themselves of joy and certainly aren’t happy for the success of others. You may notice that any dialogue with them causes your energy to plummet. That’s because they leave a trail of toxic fumes on everyone which can be harmful mentally, physically, or spiritually. So essentially, if we lack gratitude that doesn’t just shortchange our own quality of life, but it effects our relationships and everyone around us. Every day whether overtly or covertly, we exchange positive or negative vibrations through our daily interactions. Maybe it’s time to ask yourself a few questions. What type of vibes are you giving off? Do you view your life as a gift or a burden? Can you find joy in the midst of a storm?
If you need to make a positive transformation in your lifestyle, practice being grateful. Start by finding a morsel of joy. But be real because gratitude is personal. Your morsel of joy is somebody else’s only hope or dream. Just begin cultivating genuine appreciation for any aspect of your life, health or well-being. The sound of birds chirping outside. A warm, homemade meal. Breathing fresh air. The roof over your head. Your spouse. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Music. A flower. Your ability to move. Your eyesight. A gorgeous sunset. Big or small, recognize the source of all goodness. God’s grace will activate your gratitude and release more blessings. Remember, your affirmations of goodness won’t just benefit you. Your internal shift creates a positive vibration that will have a domino effect on anyone you encounter. Use the power of gratitude to revitalize yourself. Send positive energy into the world. Be proactive. Help to heal and transform lives.
Ephesians 5:20: “Always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
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