Thankful Thursday! December 1, 2016

Thank you, Lord for: 

Clean microwave!

Rain

First basketball game of the season

Stretching and doing Melt with Whitty

Beautiful sunset!!

 

I'm thankful for all of YOU!

 

Research on gratitude

Two psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, have done much of the research on gratitude. In one study, they asked all participants to write a few sentences each week, focusing on particular topics.

One group wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. A second group wrote about daily irritations or things that had displeased them, and the third wrote about events that had affected them (with no emphasis on them being positive or negative). After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.

Another leading researcher in this field, Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, tested the impact of various positive psychology interventions on 411 people, each compared with a control assignment of writing about early memories. When their week's assignment was to write and personally deliver a letter of gratitude to someone who had never been properly thanked for his or her kindness, participants immediately exhibited a huge increase in happiness scores. This impact was greater than that from any other intervention, with benefits lasting for a month.

article from: 

 http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/in-praise-of-gratitude

 

So,...I suggest making gratitude a habit!   I keep a running, numbered list, but I also keep a prayer journal in which I write prayers of gratitude to the Lord in addition to requests and, just plain "conversation!" :-)