North Highland United Methodist Church
Friday, November 15, 2019
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

 

Gratitude Practices 
 
Step 1: Count Your Many Blessings—A little birdie told me that the prelude this coming Sunday just might include an old hymn, the chorus of which tells us to 
                    Count your many blessings, name them one by one.
                    Count your blessings see what God has done.
                    Count your blessings, name them one by one—
                    Count your many blessings see what God has done!
 
Step 2: Offer Gratitude— In recent years there have been studies done at major research facilities and while there are variances in findings, most all conclude that gratitude magnifies positive emotions. Gratitude helps block negative emotions like envy, resentment, and regret. There are a few other positives about living grateful: 
1) overall health is truly improved when we follow the old advice of the old song to count blessings rather than burdens.
2) gratitude enhances our spirituality;
3) because the very nature of gratitude focuses on others, it makes us less self-centered;
4) Studies including one at UCLA concluded that regularly expressing gratitude—being thankful as well as the readiness to show appreciation, literally changes the molecular structure of the brain, making us healthier and happier.
 
How about that? Want to see what happens? Let’s have some fun with this season of gratitude. There is a gratitude calendar on the next page. You can start at any point, and go for 28 days. What if it actually did change our brains, and thus our life—as well as our relationships within family, work, church, and community?