Gratitude is a very powerful feeling, right in line with love, joy, and peace. In a survey about thankfulness (Thnx4.org) 1,600 people said that the greater the number of gratitude experiences reported on a given day, the more positively they rated that day on a one-to-seven scale, terrible to terrific. Days with more gratitude featured more positive (e.g. happy, inspired, loving) and fewer negative (e.g. sad, bored, discouraged) emotions. Being thankful is proven to be a powerfully beneficial source of energy for a person’s health and well-being.
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus (Yahshua in Hebrew) for you. (I Thessalonians 5:18)
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (Psalm 100:4)
What is Gratitude?
According to Robert Emmons, “First, it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.” In the second part of gratitude, he explains, “We recognize that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves. … We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.”
Gratitude Provides Better Health
Physically and mentally, according to Thnx4.org, people that maintain a daily gratitude journal report fewer headaches, less congestion, stomach pain, and cough or sore throat after doing daily gratitude journaling for at least two weeks.
Better Satisfaction with Life
In a comprehensive study entitled Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life, participants reported considerably more satisfaction with their lives as a whole, felt more optimism about the upcoming week, and felt more connected with others than did participants in the control condition In this study, college students who wrote about things they were grateful for just once a week for ten weeks reported fewer physical symptoms (such as headaches, shortness of breath, sore muscles, and nausea) than students who simply wrote about daily events or hassles they were experiencing.
Better Sleep Quality
A study entitled Gratitude Influences Sleep Through the Mechanism of Pre-sleep Cognitions, shows that the positive trait of gratitude is related to good sleep quality above the effect of other personality traits.
“Saying thank you provides a valuable signal that you are someone with whom a high quality relationship could be formed,” says UNSW psychologist Dr Lisa Williams, who conducted the research with Dr Monica Bartlett of Gonzaga University in the US. “Our findings represent the first known evidence that expression of gratitude facilitates the initiation of new relationships among previously unacquainted people,” says Dr Williams.
The Attitude of Gratitude has Many Blessings
There is a popular saying worth pondering. “What if you woke up today, with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?”
Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His loving kindness is everlasting. (Psalm 106:1)
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Colossians 3:17)
Think about starting a gratitude journal and be blessed!