The timing of this blog is purposeful. I want you to know I am thankful for YOU! Just because, no strings attached! You are part of my life for a reason and for that I am grateful. God has breathed life into you, and you breathe his love out back to me. Thank you.
By definition Gratitude is “The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”. Thanksgiving is “The expression of gratitude, especially to God”. The meaning of Thanksgiving Day is just one of the reasons it is my favorite holiday. Gratitude is an attitude. It becomes a personal quality that can transform us. A grateful heart influences all we say and do.Gratitude makes every day a Thanksgiving Day; a feast of blessings to be enjoyed and shared.
I smile when I read a scientific article that informs us of what God has told us for thousands of years. Proverbs 14:30 states “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Two psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, have done data based research on gratitude. The results show that those expressing gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. These same people also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation and dis-satisfaction. Other studies looked at how gratitude can improve relationships. The simple act of saying “thank you” to people motivated others to work harder and remain engaged.
I am working on my attitude of gratitude. Each morning I give thanks for a variety of things. This morning rather than get myself all worked up over the multitude of “chores” awaiting me; I gave thanks that I have a house to clean for family and friends that will come together for a table full of healthy food. Each evening as I prepare for bed I also give thanks. I am seeing that gratitude is the way to an abundant life; A life of fullness, and not of lacking.
Try it. Start by beginning and ending each day with a grateful heart. Speak it or write it, but just do it. Now, be open to receiving the blessings coming your way. They will be right in front of you. Remember that in any given moment there are a thousand things around you to glimpse God’s love and goodness. Practice gratitude each day and watch what happens!
So today, be grateful for the holiday that you’re having, not the perfect one you imagine everyone else is having. There is much to be thankful for.
One more thought about those gratitude studies: One of them also found that gratefulness is associated with less materialism. So, set your focus on all that you already have and you may find yourself so filled with thanksgiving, you will resist the temptations of Black Friday!
Sending you love and blessings for a very GRATEFUL Thanksgiving Day. ”In everything give thanks” 1 Thessalonians 5:18