Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5:18
I am no biblical scholar,- though I have studied the Bible in depth in a church class- but giving thanks is more than a bible verse. It’s important for everyday life. But it can be helpful for your mental health too. It can take all the sadness right out of a day. I have personally felt a weight lift off of my shoulders when it’s even suggested. Taking your focus off of a mentally upsetting circumstance, like this pandemic, and putting into a gratitude journal is one way to keep your mind on good things. But…
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.Colossians 3:5
Personally, when I’ve used a gratitude journal I’ve forgotten to write in it. That’s why prayer is a cornerstone of how I tell God I’m thankful. I have been praying in thanks especially when I have a lot going on. Why?
Because I have found that the worst times are when you should be the most thankful for what you have. I don’t have the best circumstances by any means, but I have people in my life who love me. I have a better idea than just praying and leaving it to that.
Grab a jar…a receptacle …any kind of item where you can gather papers or small cards. Mine’s an empty ice cream bucket. Each day write something you are thankful or grateful for. It seems meaningless, but hear me out. At the end of the year, or even the end of the month, empty it out and read all the things you have to be grateful for. I personally fall off of things very easily, but thinking about thanks is a lot easier when you make it a little more cute or fun or doable. I’ve been doing it as much as I see it.
But seriously, giving thanks really does have some benefits. Berkeley says that many studies have found grateful people to be happier. Seriously, read that article.
Anytime you have a really bad day, just stop yourself and count your blessings. I used to frown on that, because I wanted my feelings to be validated. But honestly, it unchains you from depression. Think about it this way, when you get a gift and it’s something you really wanted or needed you feel great right. That’s what it’s like. It’s the same exact feeling. It’s all butterflies and rainbows.
If you haven’t already, follow me on all my socials. Tell me some things you are grateful for in the comments.