Gratitude. It’s a term tossed around a lot, especially as Thanksgiving rolls around. But here’s the thing: gratitude isn’t just feel-good fluff. It’s a tool, a powerful one, for optimizing our lives – mentally, physically, and spiritually.
This week as I was diving into the science and biblical significance of gratitude, I was overwhelmed by what I learned. It’s a game-changer. It’s not merely about feeling thankful; it’s a strategy for radical life improvement. Think about it – Paul in prison, singing; God expressing his pleasure towards Jesus at his baptism. These aren’t just biblical anecdotes; they’re Blueprints for leveraging adversity.
“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
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So, as Thanksgiving approaches, let’s not reduce gratitude to a seasonal hashtag. Let’s use it as a tool for transformation. It’s not just about gathering information; it’s about igniting change. Dive into these resources, but more importantly, apply them. Let’s experiment with gratitude and watch how it reshapes our lives.
NEUROSCIENTIST: Everyone Is Practicing Gratitude Wrong! | Andrew Huberman (2 min)
When most people think about practicing gratitude, they think about journaling or thinking about 5 things they are grateful for. Those habits are great, but in this clip, Andrew Huberman reveals that in addition to giving gratitude the brain responds even more to receiving or watching someone receive gratitude. Click here for the longer breakdown (1hr)
How Gratitude Rewires Your Brain | Jim Kwik (10mi)
Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for. – Zig Ziglar
This podcast episode by Jim Kwik is packed with scientific research about the benefits of gratitude, which include increasing joy, enhancing energy levels and sleep quality, and boosting grit.
With respect and gratitude,
– BPFM Communications Director