Research Shows Thanksgiving Makes You Live Longer
Actual acts of thanksgiving will increase your lifespan. A “Better You Blog” cites statistics from 2000 that being thankful is actually beneficial to your health.”
Research shows it is beneficial to your health (Mcollough, Emmons 2000 http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/Labs/emmons/PWT/index.cfm?Section=4). In this study, one participant group recorded a diary of daily events, another group wrote down unpleasant experiences, and the third group wrote down a daily record listing things for which they were grateful.
The gratitude group was more likely to help others, exercise, and complete personal goals, while reporting more determination, optimism, alertness, energy, and enthusiasm.
It is interesting to note that this study also found people who take time to deliberately record their gratitude were more likely to feel loved, and found more kindness reciprocated to them as they sent out an increase of kindness from their attitude.
Also, grateful people were grateful regardless of whether special events happened in their day or not. In other words, they did not just have moments of gratefulness, but grateful attitudes.
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
What have we got to be thankful for?
1 We serve the one true and sovereign God. He loves us unconditionally and forgives our sin.
2 Our heavenly Father is merciful, loving, and good.
3 Jesus went to heaven to prepare a place for us, and He intercedes on our behalf.
4 The Lord has sealed us with the Holy Spirit and adopted us as His children.
5 God equips us with spiritual gifts to fulfil the specific plans He has for our lives.
6 We have the Word of God.
7 The Lord created our amazing bodies.
8 We have the privilege of developing close relationships with others.