Recently, I was reading an article entitled “Five Ways to Train Your Brain For Happiness”. The author, who had struggled with unhappiness and depression, came to see that happiness can be a skill that we can learn and grow in. The first, and most important skill he uncovered was gratitude. He had always assumed that happy people were grateful because everything in their life was working out for their benefit. In other words, happiness created gratitude. What he found was the exact opposite: expressing gratitude produces happiness. Shawn Achor writes, “When researchers pick random volunteers and train them to be more grateful for a period of a few weeks, they become happier and more optimistic, feel more socially connected, enjoy better quality sleep, and even experience fewer headaches than control groups.”
So, this all means that the latest research proves exactly what Paul wrote nearly 2,000 years ago. “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:18) It is God’s will that we be grateful and when we are, we end up a happier person. Life works the way God designed it.
So, let’s see if expressing our gratitude to the barista, the grocery store clerk, the hairdresser, the person who hold the door for you produces increasing happiness in us and all who live in our world. Here’s to gratitude!
Blessings on your week!
Pastor Bob Luhn