Seems like everytime I turn around, someone is more than just disgruntled. They are angry and often downright mean. There seems to be more angry and mean people today than ever before. What happened? When did we become generally such a meaner society?
Those who are familiar with sheep, however, can tell you there are two basic sheep personalities: those which understand the protection of their shepherd and will follow him anywhere, and those that are rebellious, wild and just plain dumb.
It is that time of year when giving thanks is top of mind. The holiday season, and Thanksgiving in particular, causes us to think about all of the special things in our lives and express gratitude for them. This is a favorite time of year for many, in large part because we are surrounded by loved ones and visibly reminded of all that we have to be grateful for.
In a society where we have so much but never stop wanting more, and where violence and natural disasters seem to dominate the news, gratitude, ‘the mother of all virtues’, is not easy to nurture.
Expressing gratitude can make you a happier person, but there are advantages beyond happiness. Adding gratitude to your attitude can improve your relationships, productivity, health, and even your sleep.
“Come, ye thankful people, come; Raise the song of harvest home. All is safely gathered in Ere the winter storms begin.” If there is one hymn that I associate with Thanksgiving, it is “Come Ye Thankful People, Come”. The poem was written in 1810 by Henry Alford. Six years later, it was set to music…
The God who watches Israel continues to watch over me. He sends a tiny Godwink reminding me that He knows me and calls me by name. He put me just where I am supposed to be — at just the right time — with just the right people.
You are thankful. You recognize the benefit that gratitude gives you. You feel a sense of reverence, a sense of connection, or a sense of joy for the people and things that surround you.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” ~ 1 Chronicles 6:34
Veterans are a blessing in this country. Men and women who are willing to sacrifice their time and comforts to protect and serve the rest of us – even unto death. It reminds me that Yeshua did the same thing – only He did it for the whole world.
Thinking about all you have to appreciate can boost your happiness and your overall sense of well-being, according to psychologists.