Thanksgiving is Good for You

“The more grateful you are the more likely you are to exhibit patience and self-control. College students who instituted methods for increasing gratitude such as keeping a gratitude journal slept longer and better. And couples who exhibit thankfulness tend to be more committed to each other and are more likely to remain in their relationships”–Jim Denison

“Instead, we need more focus on the positive, And you don’t have to set the bar high. Allow yourself to be thankful for the small, mundane things that give you joy and meaning, as well as the big ones. And don’t try to gather heaps of blessings to count; a handful each day should do it”–David G. Allan.

“Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and were are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations”– Psalm 100:3-5.

“Studies have shown that gratitude can indirectly influence physical health, as well. Those who have “dispositional gratitude” — defined by one study as “part of a wider life orientation towards noticing and appreciating the positive in the world” — are more likely to report good physical health, a propensity for healthy activities and willingness to seek help for health concerns”–David G. Allan.

“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things”–Philippians 4:8.

Give thanks to the Lord and bless His name. It’s good for you.


One Comment

  1. Mark Graham
    Nov 17, 2017

    I also love ( and have on my ‘fridge) 1Thess 5:16-18:
    Rejoice always. Pray constantly. And give thanks in all situations for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

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