What is the power of gratitude?
Are you grateful?
If you’re like most people, not very.
But it’s time to change that!
The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
We forget that our prayers aren’t just for today or tomorrow, they should always be with thanksgiving.
So what can we do about this lack of gratitude? Let’s find out!
Write what you’re grateful for
You can start is by writing down three things you’re grateful for every day.
This can be anything from your spouse, to your dog, to the sun shining down on you.
Just take a minute each day to write them down and really think about why you’re grateful for them.
Even if you don’t feel like it, force yourself to do this for a week.
You may start feeling happier and more positive about life.
Writing down what you’re grateful for can also help shift your focus from the negative things in your life to the positive.
Five minute rule
Another way to start training your brain to harness the power of gratitude is by practicing “The Five Minute Rule.”
This means that if something negative happens to you, whether it’s a big or a small thing, you have to wait five minutes before responding.
During those five minutes, you have to focus on something positive.
This can be anything from your family and friends, to your accomplishments.
The point is to not let the negative thing take over your day or ruin your mood.
After the five minutes are up, then you can respond to the negative thing, but with a more positive attitude.
Start a gratitude journal
If you really want to take your life to the next level, you should start a gratitude journal.
This is where you write down everything that happened in your day and how grateful you are for it.
It’s a great way to practice being grateful and looking at the “bright side” of things that happen, even if they’re negative.
If you have a hard time finding things to be grateful for, start small!
You might not feel thankful when your alarm rings in the morning, but you can be thankful that at least you have a job to go to.
You can also be grateful when you mess up, instead of beating yourself up over it.
A lot of times people look back on their mistakes and feel like they’ll never amount to anything.
But when you look at your past mistakes in a positive way, you can use them as motivation to do better next time.
Gratitude is a powerful tool that Christians can use to their advantage.
When we start being more grateful, our lives change for the better.
We become happier, more positive people and we learn to focus on the good things that happen, instead of the bad.
So if you want to learn how to harness the power of gratitude, try these three simple steps!
You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel about your life.
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