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“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Gratitude.

It’s interesting that we are told gratitude is God’s will for us. It’s almost as if God is saying we are most fully who we were created to be when we “give thanks in all circumstances.”

And now there is research to back this up. Laurie Santos is a psychology professor at Yale. She encourages people to do what she calls the “Three Blessing Exercise.”

Laurie Santos says, “Research shows that we really can benefit from counting our blessings even when it feels like there isn’t that many blessings to be counted. The simple act of scribbling down three things you are grateful for can significantly bump your mood, in some studies as within a couple of weeks. It’s completely free. It takes five to ten minutes a day. At the end of your day, just scribble down a few things that you’re grateful for right now.”

In the midst of all the news about the pandemic I encourage you to start making time to keep a journal of three things you are grateful for. Do this every day.

The Bible tells us this is what we were created for, and research backs it up.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” and have an amazing day!

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