Thanksgiving may be a holiday we only celebrate once a year, but the action of being thankful is something God intended for us to incorporate into our daily lives.
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Unfortunately, many times we forget to share what we are thankful for due to the busyness of the weekend, and therefor, we miss a great opportunity to show our gratitude.
Did you know studies show that grateful people:
- have stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure
- have higher levels of positive emotion
- sleep better
- earn more annually
- have deeper, more satisfying relationships
- give 20% more and volunteer regularly
- experience more joy, optimism, and happiness
Our challenge to you this Thanksgiving is to ask yourself these three questions:
- What am I most thankful for in the last two weeks?
- How could I show my gratitude to someone I am thankful for in a unique, meaningful way?
- What specific actions could I take to implement gratitude into my daily life?
- Happy Thanksgiving from the Halftime Institute!
Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude . Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, 1 Jan. 2014. Web. <http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/expandinggratitude>.
Study Applied Psychology: Health & Well Being 2011
Emmons, Robert. “Ph.D.” How Gratitude Can Help You Through Hard Times. University of California, Berkeley, 13 May 2013. Web. <http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_can_help_you_through_hard_times>