DAILY HOPE: NOVEMBER 16

An Attitude of Gratitude Will Lower Your Stress

“Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 GW).

Gratitude is the world’s healthiest human emotion. It actually increases your immunity to sickness.

Plus, ungrateful people tend to be unhappy people. Nothing ever satisfies them. They never have enough. They are “when-and-then” people who think, “When such and such happens, then I’ll be happy.”

But the Bible gives us another way. First Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this” (GWT).

Gratitude can change everything. For example, try this: If you’re feeling depressed, make a list of 50 things you can be grateful for. Your gratefulness will help shift your focus away from your problems and toward everything good God has done and is doing in your life.

We take much for granted. Develop the attitude of gratitude and watch your stress level go down—because there is always something to be grateful for.

From Daily Hope by Rick Warren
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