Thursday, November 1, 2018

8 Benefits to Being Grateful

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8 Benefits to Being Grateful

I love Thanksgiving. It's not my favorite holiday, but I do love it. What do I love about it? I love the food. So much yummy food. And, getting together with family. It gives us a chance to reflect on what we are truly thankful for. 

I found out earlier this year that I now have to eat strictly gluten-free. But, I am thankful because I can still eat delicious food this Thanksgiving. I can make just about everything I would normally make, just gluten-free.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. -Colossians 4:2 
As we approach Thanksgiving we often think about what we are grateful for. Instead of only being grateful during this one holiday, we should be grateful always. 

Take time out of each day to be grateful. Thank God for the day he blessed you with, the care you drive, the home you live in, your family, your friends, your job, and the list goes on. There is always something to be grateful for. Read more on blessings in my post "Blessings".

Being grateful improves your mood and your health. People who aren't grateful are more stressed than those who are.

Here are 8 benefits to being grateful:

         1. It improves your marriage.  Being grateful for your spouse and the things they do will greatly improve your marriage. Telling them daily at least one thing you are grateful for will make the both of you happier.

      2. It improves your friendships. Be grateful for the friendships you have. No two friendships are alike. Let your friends know you appreciate them and that you are thankful for their friendship.

      3. Reduces jealousy and envy. When we are grateful for the things we have and are blessed with, we have less time to focus on the things that other people have and don't have the desire to want what others have.

      4. Helps you sleep better. When we are grateful we don't go to sleep wondering why we don't have what we want, we're not stressing about the things we're not grateful for.

      5. Improves your health. Being grateful helps us to be happier and when we are happier we tend to be healthier. When we are stressed and worried it causes many complications. We end up having more headaches, muscle tension, and chest pain just to name a few.

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      6. We're not as selfish or self-centered. Being grateful helps us to focus on other people. When we're grateful we tend to help others.

      7. Helps our career. Our performance at work increases when we are grateful. Being grateful for the job you have, the co-workers, your boss, and your income help you to be happier with your career and shifts your focus away from the small insignificant things that may make you want to quit your job. 

      8. Become more optimistic. The more grateful we are the more optimistic we become.

All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God. -Deuteronomy 28:2

Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your blessings, see what God has done. I remember singing this in church when I was younger and it still resonates through me today.

Some of the good things in life people take for granted. Sometimes God is shutting a door that we are trying to fight to stay open. Be grateful that God is closing that door. God could be protecting you from something bad that could happen or perhaps God has something bigger and better in store for you. Try to be grateful for the things God has done for you and the things he has blessed you with.

What are some things you are grateful for? Please comment below. 

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