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  • Writer's pictureBeth A Andrew

The Benefits of Gratitude

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. (1 Chronicles 16:34 KJV)

It is hard to believe 2020 is coming to a close! I don't know about you, but I am ready for a new beginning and looking forward to the upcoming year. As I look back on this past year I cannot help but think about all of the challenges we have endured, but I also have to think about all of the blessings as well. The blessings are the things I have to continue to focus on in order to weather all of the challenges.

This leads me right back to thankfulness and gratitude. Did you know there is research behind the benefits of gratitude? There is in fact a multitude of research on this topic, with one of the number one benefits being greater happiness. It can also lead to improved health, improved relationships and improved self-esteem. Here is an excellent article summarizing all the benefits of gratitude. Click here to learn about 28 benefits of gratitude!

So, now that you know all about the benefits of gratitude, do you feel like it is something you want to start practicing? I hope the answer is yes! You might be asking yourself, how or where do I start? This video might give you a little inspiration.

"In this beautiful video, Louie Schwartzberg sends a powerful message – to open our eyes and feel grateful for this day, the beauty surrounding us and the people whom we meet. This is the perfect, heart-warming film to watch as a pick-me-up if you are feeling a bit blue." (Selva) Watch the video here!

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Works Cited:

Selva, Joaquin "The 34 Best TED Talks And Videos on The Power of Gratitude." Positive Psychology, Accessed 7, December 2020

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