Having a Heart of Gratitude

Psalm 9:1

“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of your wonderful deeds.”

My favorite time of the day is early in the morning. I wake up, make my coffee, and then get all snuggled on the couch with a blanket and my Great Dane, Baloo Barnabas. I am truly thankful for this quiet time to read, journal and pray.

I started journaling about 15 years ago. I had been struggling with some depression and my sister shared that it might be helpful to write down what I am thankful for every day. It is amazing how the simple act of gratitude can enhance our mood and make us feel happy. When we express gratitude, the brain has been shown to release dopamine and serotonin which are responsible for our emotions and they make us feel good.

There have been studies done that show people who regularly practice gratitude experience more positive emotions, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems.

With all that is going on in world right now, we can find ourselves stressed, overwhelmed, angry, fearful and upset and we are surrounded by people with the same emotions. We really need to find ways to deal with these emotions before they wreak havoc on our body, mind and soul. I truly believe that starting our day with a grateful heart can help us feel more positive emotions, be able to recognize the good around us, improve our health, and help us deal with everything that comes our way.

As I journal I replay what happened the day before. What are all the great things that happened that I am grateful for? There are many days that I don’t do a whole lot but I still find things to be thankful for:

  • I’m thankful for my family. I’m grateful my son called and we had a nice conversation.
  • I’m thankful for my husband. He works so hard to provide this beautiful life we have.
  • I’m thankful for my puppies.
  • I’m thankful for our home that keeps us warm. Our cars that can get us places.
  • I’m thankful for friends who support and encourage me.
  • I’m thankful for my health and the journey I have been on.

Seriously, once you get started you will see there are so many things to be thankful for. You will also start to pay attention to all the good that is happening around you throughout the day.

This week we lost power due to a snow storm. In moments like this you realize how much we take things like electricity for granted. But there was still so much to be thankful for. I was thankful for the flashlights we had in the cupboard, the candles we were able to light and the way they made the whole house smell amazing, the propane stove to heat up food and boil water, and the generator we bought four years ago but have never had to use so we could heat up our house. We spent time snuggling on the couch with the puppies, played cards after breakfast, read books, and went for a walk to take in the beautiful snowy scenery. Even with all the inconveniences it was truly a magical day.

I encourage you to have a heart of gratitude. You will be thankful that you do. 😊

2 thoughts on “Having a Heart of Gratitude

  1. This is so true! Thank you for sharing! I love how you take time to reflect and be thankful! And Baloo looks like an amazing therapy Dog!

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  2. Thank you for the reminder to be intentional with thankfulness!! It’s easy to forget, especially during this pandemic and all the conveniences we have lost!! But there have been so many great things that have happened during these last ten months!!! Thankful for your message this morning!!!😊

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