With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, this is the perfect opportunity to purposefully contemplate all that we have to be grateful for–and there is a lot. The media is constantly inundating us with negativity, because let’s face it, fear sells. If we’re not careful, their story can quickly become our own worldview, and we too start to have “the sky is falling” mentality. Particularly now, with the election coming up, my social media has been filled with arguing and negativity. With the amount of time most of us spend on social media and listening to or reading the news, it can begin to take a toll on our outlook. We begin to see the world as a bleak place void of caring people, void of hope.
Countless research has been done on the positive effects of gratitude. Focusing on what you have been blessed with instead of what is missing in your life by keeping a gratitude journal, writing thank you notes, giving prayers of thanks, mindfulness meditation, or any other form of counting your blessings actually rewires your brain to notice even more blessings. Gratitude is a free therapy that is not only beneficial for you, but the world around you. A recent study at Berkley University found that participants suffering from mental illness who wrote daily letters of gratitude in conjunction with regular counseling sessions showed considerably more progress than those who received counseling alone. These benefits continued long after treatment was completed.
As Christians, we are called to be a light, not spread fear and darkness–to others or to ourselves. For the next month, let’s flip the script, let’s tell our story, one of hope and redemption. Let’s fill everyone’s day with positivity, including our own.
For the next 30 Days, Spirit Body Mind Renewal will be starting a gratitude journal, focusing on at least one thing to be thankful for each day. You can join in on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook beginning tomorrow, using #30DaysofThankfulness. I hope that you will take this next month to practice this form of self-care with me. It may even become a habit that you choose to carry on after Thanksgiving is over. You can make a list on your phone or decorate a spare notebook you have lying around. I like this Gratitude Journal I ordered from Amazon, because it also has daily Bible verses of gratitude and positivity.
~Be The Change~
~Be The Light~