by Ami Hendrickson
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his loving kindness endures forever. Say, “Save us, God of our salvation! Gather us together and deliver us from the nations, to give thanks to your holy name, to triumph in your praise.”
1 Chronicles 16:34-35
Is being thankful healthy?
That’s what doctors Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami wanted to know. In the course of their studies, spanning decades, they have asked participants to keep gratitude journals, to make gratitude lists, and to engage in daily sessions of intentional thankfulness.
In study after study, their findings suggest that grateful people experience improved physical, emotional, and mental health. These health benefits manifest in a variety of ways, including increased energy, positive attitudes, determination, and lower levels of depression and stress.
An exciting aspect of Emmons’ and McCullough’s research is the discovery that thankful people are still aware of the negative elements in their lives. Their gratitude does not make them delusional. However, it does appear to allow them to better cope when things go wrong.
So, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! Thank Him for His grace and everlasting love. “In everything, give thanks,” (1 Thess. 5:18) and triumph in God’s praise.
Loving Heavenly Father,
Thank You for loving me.
Thank You for providing for my health and my happiness.
Help me to gratefully give You all the glory and to triumph in Your praise.
In Jesus’ Holy Name, I pray, Amen.