Once again, we are collecting data which supports what the ancients knew intuitively. Researchers are increasingly concluding that "gratitude" has biological benefits.
Psalm 9:1: "I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds."
In the last 20 years has provided, researchers have been amassing an impressive collection of data which points to the positive biological effects of "gratitude". Gratitude practices are downright healing.
Do you need a "gratitude intervention" this week? If you do, here are three prescriptions. Choose one.
1. Make a list of 5 things you are grateful for. Right now. Repeat for two more days and note the difference on day three.
2. Write a brief gratitude note to someone. Email is fine. Fill in the blank:
“Thank you for…”
“What I love about you…”
“My holiday wish for you…”
3. Take a gratitude walk. Keep it short. As your mind wanders (and it will), bring your attention to the soles of your feet as they roll across the ground, saying, "Thank you for my feet, they have faithfully carried me many miles."
As we approach Thanksgiving, give yourself the gift of a gratitude intervention.