Monday, October 30, 2017

How does gratitude make you happy?

Gratitude bestows reverence, 
allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, 
those transcendent moments of awe 
that change forever 
how we experience life and the world. 
John Milton

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin “gratia,” which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Gratitude can mean all of these.

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what I receive, whether tangible or intangible. When I express gratitude, I acknowledge the goodness in my life.

In the process, I recognize that the source of that goodness lies outside myself. As a result, gratitude also helps me connect to something larger than me — whether to other people or to God.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 
1 Thessalonians 5:18

God didn’t say to give thanks FOR everything but to give thanks IN all things. When gratitude becomes a lifestyle, my spiritual health, mental, and physical health are all better.

I will give thanks to You, 
O Lord my God, with all my heart, 
And will glorify Your name forever. 
Psalm 86:12

When I give thanks to God for what He has done in my life and praise Him for who He is, I affirm His goodness in my life and that He is a giver of good gifts. I have hope and intimacy with Him!

God has given every person good things. A failure to recognize His goodness denies the very essence of His character.

Research verifies that grateful people are happier people. God has designed us to be grateful people. When we are grateful, we are at our best.

Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.  A.W. Tozer

Gratitude starts in my heart. It says that I recognize someone greater than myself; that His will is for my benefit.

I will praise the name of God with song
And magnify Him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 69:30

Gratitude acknowledges that God has provided all that I have.
Having said this, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and he broke it and began to eat.
Acts 27:35

A lack of thankfulness is foolish.
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks …. and their foolish heart was darkened. Romans 1:21