I mentioned in the first blog on our tangled emotions that gratitude is important…and I would like to underline that statement. It has been proven by hospital studies that Gratitude heals. And if that’s not enough it sweetens relationships, because nothing is more winsome than to be with someone with a grateful interior. Grateful people are more attractive, more fun, more sought out, and speak in ways that lift our hearts. And they are the best at receiving gifts…their enthusiasm often ignites ours.
I recently invested in two chalkboards for my home as a way to remind myself to keep bright thoughts and an applauding heart, because I need to be spurred on. On the boards I post reasons to be thankful, as well as rotating those with joyful Scripture verses, and quotes worthy of my consideration.
For one week I posted “Joyful Noises,” which included; laughter, church bells, singing, bird songs, my doorbell, a friend’s voice, children playing, whispers of the Holy Spirit, etc. What sounds in your life circle bless you?
For fun and motivation I post quotes like, “Never eat more than you can lift.” Miss Piggy also, “For peace of mind we need to resign as General Manager of the universe!” Anon. and “Life is too short to sleep on low thread-count sheets.” Leah Stussy
What about this one by James Michener, “I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” Or Proverbs 25:11 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”
I can forget how significant words can be inside a human heart. I adore my husband of 48 + years…but sometimes my words and tone do not sound as if I do. So any inspiration that keeps me conveying my thankfulness is a good thing.
Les and I find at this stage of our aging-aching lives gratitude must be purposed and practiced lest we slip into a ground-swell of grumbling.
Join me in improving our health, our relationships, and our gratitude quotient. Let’s lift our countenance and sweeten our conversations by setting our thoughts on the good, the true, and the lovely things God has given us fresh from his generous hand. Sunsets…sunflowers…scarlet tangers…summer symphonies…
Do you have a gratitude tip? Please share.