Peace of mind: gratitude = health | Sumter County Shopper

Peace of mind: gratitude = health |  Sumter County Shopper

No doubt the world would be happier and healthier if the season of gratitude wasn’t crammed into a single month of the year, adorned with the obligatory thanksgiving dressed up in the form of a holiday notorious for overeating and family squabbles.

If we allow it, the impending holiday season can turn into a stressful and draining mess that dampens our overall mood. However, people who choose to cultivate an attitude of gratitude not just for a season, but for a lifestyle, thrive during the holidays no matter what happens sideways.

Psychology Today says this about people who employ gratitude: “Gratitude increases mental strength. Research has shown for years that gratitude not only reduces stress, but may also play a key role in coping with trauma. A 2006 study published in the journal Behavior Research and Therapy finds that Vietnam War veterans with higher levels of gratitude had lower rates of post-traumatic stress disorder.A 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that gratitude was a major contributor to resilience in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Being aware of all you have to be thankful for — even in the worst of times — promotes resilience.”

The people in the example above have gone through some of the most terrible circumstances, and although they have experienced the same tragedies, some have chosen misery while others have chosen gratitude.

Harvard Health Publishing states in its article “Giving Thanks Can Make You Happier”: “The word gratitude is derived from the Latin gratia, which means grace, kindness, or gratitude (depending on the context). In some ways, gratitude includes all of these meanings. Gratitude It is a grateful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the good in their lives. In the process, people typically realize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, feeling gratitude also helps people to Connecting with something greater than themselves as individuals—whether it be with others, nature, or a higher power.”

God created us to flow in gratitude. He knew the benefits it would provide us; Mind, body and spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

This week’s exercise:

• Keep a gratitude journal of at least three things you are grateful for every day.

• Or create a gratitude jar that you gradually fill with strips of paper. You can use different colored pens and paper to decorate the jar.

• Or create a gratitude board where you put pictures, tickets, and anything else that helps you stay in a state of gratitude.

Any of the gratitude aides you have chosen, visit them often so that you can train your mind in the art of thanksgiving.

Remember that you are a powerful son of God and everything you need to come out of the ashes of the past lives within you. Your comments of encouragement, questions, and prayer requests have been truly blessed. Keep comers.

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