I know that giving thanks and being thankful is so good for you.
When Jesus healed 10 lepers, only one came back to gave thanks and the Bible says he was made whole.
Everywhere I turn, I'm reading about being thankful and living with gratitude. So I did some research to see if there were any studies on the power of gratitude. And there is.
Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of California, Davis, and author of Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity set out to discover why is gratitude so powerful.
“For too long, the concept of gratitude had been ignored,” said Emmons, director of the university’s Emmons Lab, which creates and shares scientific data on gratitude, its causes, and its potential effects on human health and well-being. He calls it “the forgotten factor in the science of well-being."
Emmons set out to research the ways that gratitude affects our lives. To assess people’s levels of thankfulness. He and his colleague Michael E. McCullough, created a questionnaire that allowed them to compare “grateful people” to those who were less grateful. They also found ways to cultivate gratitude in test subjects:
Keeping a “gratitude journal”
Counting one’s blessings
Writing letters of thanks
He then studied the changes that occurred as a result.
The results of his studies and others — both psychological and physiological — are fascinating. Here are five reasons why giving thanks is actually good for you.
With such great benefits of being thankful, why wouldn't we start being more intentional with gratitude?
I want to help all of us to be healthier physically, emotionally, and spiritually and I believe that gratitude is one thing you can do to affect all 3.
So we have created 7 Days of Thankfulness to help us all be intentional and live healthier lives. It includes:
I am thankful for you and I am blessed that you are reading this blog. 🤗