In the spirit of Thanksgiving, you may be surprised to discover that cultivating a grateful heart has wonderful benefits and is a great coping mechanism for everyday life. For example:
- Gratitude is an antidote to jealousy. When you start to compare what you have with what other people have, thinking about all the things in your life that you’re grateful for chases away the green monster of envy.
- Gratitude is an antidote to worry. When you are worried about what might happen tomorrow, thinking about all the things you’re grateful for today pushes aside fear of the future.
- Gratitude is an antidote to insecurity. When feel as if you’re not good enough, thinking about your God-given gifts and talents helps you to see that there is meaning and purpose in your life.
- Gratitude is an antidote to anger. When you are upset with someone you love, thinking about how grateful you are for the good things about this person helps makes you want to patch things up.
- Gratitude is an antidote to sadness. When you feel down, thinking about how grateful you are for all the good things in your life chases the blues away.
- Gratitude is an antidote to stress. When you feel as if you can’t cope, thinking about how grateful you are for everything that is going well in your life helps to restore a sense of peace.
Remember, an attitude is just a habitual way of thinking. When you cultivate an "attitude of gratitude", you begin to see yourself, other people, the world around you, and the God that made you in a new and exciting way. Gratitude will transform your life and open your heart to a deeper relationship with God and others. Now that is something to thankful for!