Keep Lists in Your Head…or on Phone

thanks todayScripture describes how to live in the real world in which we live. I don’t need science to back it up, but it’s cool when researchers discover truths – like be thankful – already contained in the Book of books. We started a series that will continue through Friday about how those who daily count their blessings lead much happier lives than those don’t, regardless of their circumstances.
This is an insight into the Spirit’s command to secure children of God to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances” in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Yesterday I gave one practical way to count your blessings, which was to talk with Jesus – pray without ceasing. It’s a blessing that even scientific research reveals leads to healthier lives.
Today’s practical way to count your blessing is to brainstorm a list things you’re grateful for in your life. Research has shown that people who talk “about things they were grateful for recorded a greater sense of happiness and well-being,” which lasted for months. You can reduce the down hill slide in your head, which leads to your drug of choice – say worry – simply by intentionally reminding yourself of your blessings.
This goes to the heart of “give thanks in all circumstances.” Your circumstances may be lousy, but stopping to remember what you’re thankful for or pulling up that list from your phone and reading it aloud to yourself, will start to move your attitude upward.
Right now stop what you’re doing. Brainstorm a list of things for which you are thankful. Keep going until you reach at least 25 items on that list. Then each day remember to rehearse that list of truths that will set you free from the negativity that drags you down, especially in “circumstances” that tend to point you in that direction. And for those living in the US, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Why not share a few items from that list with those at the dinner table?
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