A few Sunday’s ago we were encouraged by our pastor during a sermon to approach the new year with gratitude. There are many reasons that it is beneficial for us to do this. I share some of these reasons with you, some ways that you can express gratitude, as well as some of the things that I am thankful for, in this episode of the Missionary Coach Show.
Benefits of Gratitude
According to Psychology Today there are at least 7 scientifically proven benefits of gratitude. (source)
- Gratitude improves physical health
- Gratitude improves psychological health
- Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression
- Grateful people sleep better
- Gratitude improves self esteem
- Gratitude improves mental strength
- Gratitude opens the door to more relationships
Ways to Express Gratefulness
- Say grace before meals
- Keep a Journal
- Write down things you are grateful for
- Review 30-days on and remember
- Print and display Psalm 100 and read it once a week
- Turn of for corporate worship
- Increase your offering
- Take every opportunity to thank the people around you
- Recall someone from your past and express your gratefulness to them
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Something else was shared that I had never really thought of before, and that was that:
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and hot opening it.