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GRATITUDE – it unlocks the blessing

Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a gift from God, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, attracts success, and it reduces stress.

People who Daily show gratitude report higher levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy. They experienced less depression and stress, were more likely to help others, exercised more regularly, and made greater progress toward achieving personal goals.

Research shows that those who practice gratitude tend to be more creative, bounce back more quickly from adversity, have a stronger immune system, and have stronger social relationships than those who don’t practice gratitude.

To say we feel GRATEFUL is not to say that everything in our lives is necessarily great.  It just means we are aware of our blessings and God who continually blesses us.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always,17 pray continually,18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

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