As the holidays approach, we look forward to the wonderful meals with family and all the trimmings. For some of us, it might even become a bit of a binge. What if you were to embark on a different binge for Thanksgiving? This is a binge that won’t bulge your waistline or leave you feeling guilty. In fact, this binge has wonderful benefits for your body, mind and soul. The 21 Day ThanksGiving Binge is a challenge to help you focus on giving thanks and adopting an attitude of gratitude.
There are numerous references to a heart of thanksgiving in the Bible. In Thessalonians 5:18, Paul tells us to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” And, in Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Psalm 136:26 encourages us to “Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.”
Numerous benefits of gratitude
Studies consistently confirm the many health benefits of gratitude. According to a study by Emmons and Crumpler, people who regularly express gratitude have better physical health, more optimism, enhanced well-being, and help others more. Adopting an attitude of gratitude:
- Improves energy, resiliency and immunity
- Increases happiness
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Minimizes toxic emotions
- Strengthens relationships
- Improves sleep
Much to be thankful for
It’s easy to express thanks when things are going well in life — when a plan comes together, when health is restored, when relationships are mended. Let’s look a little deeper and realize that there is always much to be thankful for:
- Appreciating the blessings in our life. This is really the first level of gratitude; giving thanks for those things we count as blessings in our life.
- Appreciating blessings and modern conveniences we take for granted. On those days I’m impatient for the shower to get warm, I gain perspective when I think of the 780 million people who don’t have access to clean water (unwater.org).
- Expressing appreciation to others. Once we’ve thought about being grateful, then it’s time to express our gratitude to other people and to our Lord and Savior.
- Being grateful for the challenges, difficult situations. We take gratitude to a whole new level once we are able to be grateful for valleys of life. Remember Paul’s instruction about giving thanks in all circumstances? This is what we should strive for.
How to incorporate more gratitude in your day
- Regularly pause to think about what you are grateful for. Do this in your mind or with a gratitude journal or a gratitude app.
- Change your perspective. Ask yourself, what could I be grateful for in this situation?
- Use technology by adding a daily reminder on your phone/computer.
- Commit to the #21DayThanksGivingBinge (online and free at Facebook: TeresaInspires)
We look forward to helping you create a habit of gratitude during the 21 Day ThanksGiving Binge that runs November 1st – 21st. It’s free and it’s online at Facebook at TeresaInspires. Include your family and invite your friends and co-workers to join the journey!#21DayThanksGivingBinge
“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good;
His love endures forever.”