Be thankful in all circumstances.
This is what God wants from you.
Thanksgiving is not just for one day out of the year;
but, Thanksgiving is very basic to how we see and understand our faith.
Social scientists are collecting mounds of evidence that promotes positive affects of giving thanks at all times for all things.
The evidence mounts:
People who make simple exercises of thanksgiving as a way of life,
people who make thanks giving into thanks living,
people who have an “attitude of gratitude” are in better physical health,
have lower levels of stress hormones in their blood,
and are happier than those who don’t.
The most psychologically correct holiday of the year is upon us.
Cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” has been linked to better health,
less anxiety and depression,
higher long-term satisfaction with life
and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners.
A new study shows that feeling grateful makes people less likely to turn aggressive when provoked.
Evidence piles up with personal testimony to what can happen when folks purposely change their behavior and look for things to be thankful for – even when times are tough, and it seems there is nothing to be thankful for.
Work at the University of California and the University of Miami
teaches what can happen when a person does something as simple as taking an inventory and writing down five things for which you are particularly grateful – simple things, little things, big things – like a friend’s generosity, perhaps;
or something you may have learned,
or a sunset you enjoyed.
Folks who kept a gratitude journal reported feeling happier and more optimistic than those in a control group,
and these reports were corroborated by observations from their spouses.
These grateful people also fell asleep more quickly at night,
and woke up feeling more refreshed.
“If you want to sleep more soundly, count blessings, not sheep,” the researcher advises in his book on gratitude research.
Worshiping in a local church on a regular basis can cause people to feel and act more gratefully, as demonstrated in experiments at Baylor University. Other research shows that praying can increase gratitude