Happy Thanksgiving

“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Ps. 9:1

Recently I heard Adam Hamilton speak on gratitude.  Interestingly, he noted science has found those who are grateful tend to live healthier, more satisfying lives.  In a study a few years ago, researchers from Southern Methodist University and the University of California conducted a study on the role of gratitude in a person’s sense of health.  They set aside three groups of people for the study.   One group they asked to record all the events which happened each day.  Another group was asked to record all the unpleasant activities of the day only.  The third group was asked to record the things for which they were thankful each day.  At the end of the study, the group who recorded what they were thankful for each day showed “higher signs of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism and energy.”[1]  In other words, those who took time to name the grace at work in their lives and name it were more satisfied with life than those who focused on the negative.

Thanksgiving provides for us an opportunity to begin to name those things for which we are grateful.  I would challenge you this week to begin recording each day at least 3 things for which you are grateful.  As a side not, even in the midst of suffering, we will discover grace.  It is not that we overlook our pain, but we can see God working in the midst of it.  All to say, take time to name your thanksgiving, I bet you will begin to see a difference in your life.

[1] Adam Hamilton. Enough, (Abingdon Press, 2009) 99.