November 6th, 2013

“Feel Better—be thankful!”

Several of my facebook friends have begun a month of gratitude in light of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Each day they post one thing for which they are grateful in their status update. Not a bad habit! Gratitude is the antidote to worry. It’s hard to be anxious when you’re focused on the ways you’re blessed. And when we take time daily to give thanks for even the smallest things that we often take for granted, not only does it expand our appreciation for the good things in life, it also helps us cope better when difficulties arise.

According to the latest Mayo Clinic “Embody Health” newsletter, people who are grateful are also physically and mentally healthier—and happier too. Here are a few suggestions offered to train yourself to be more grateful:

  • Make a list of what you’re thankful for first thing in the morning or right before bed each day.
  • At mealtimes with family or friends, share what you’re grateful for that day before saying grace.
  • Collect gratitude quotes and post them in places you’ll see each day.
  • Mark your calendar with “gratitude” as a reminder to think about something good that’s happened during the day.
  • Look for reasons to be grateful even when things aren’t going well.

While we can practice daily gratitude by ourselves, we become even more grateful through regular worship with our faith community. Giving thanks and praise to God in worship on Sunday morning sets the tone for the rest of the week. During this holiday season, start practicing the habit of gratitude so that it might continue all year long!

Thanking God for all of you,

Pastor Gretchen Bingea