How Gratitude can tranform your life

Complaining.

We’ve all done it. Whether it’s about the annoying customer you may get, your bad hair day, or how terrible your week is going. 

I've been the complainer (too many times), and I have been at the receiving end of a complainer. And they're both draining!

Each day we all have a choice. We can choose to dwell on the fact that you locked your keys in the car for the 5th time this year (not me, my neighbor! Okay, it was me). Or you can be grateful that you even have a car, and that your extremely patient husband is willing to leave the office to get you in to the car. It's a choice. Not always an easy choice, but the responsibility falls on us.

Being grateful is not just a biblical principle I believe in, but if you simply go online and search studies done on gratitude you will find enough evidence to prove that there are many positive repercussions to having an attitude of gratitude. 

According to The Greater Good Magazine by the University of California, Berkeley, here are just some of the benefits you can receive from being grateful: 

  • stronger immune system
  • sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking 
  • more alert, alive, and awake
  • more forgiving
  • blocks toxic, negative emotions 

The list literally goes on!

Many of us have heard the story of the Israelite's, and their journey to the Promise Land. 

They were freed from the bondages of the Egyptians, and were well on their way to their best life yet! 

But then things got hard. The journey seemed long. They began to miss the slave life! And they were very vocal about it.

What should have been an 11 day journey, turned into 40 years. And it all started with a complaint. One turned into two, two turned into three... 

It wasn't until a couple of men (Joshua and Caleb) dared to think different. Instead of looking at the challenges as the end all, they spotted an opportunity. They chose to be grateful, and trust God. And those two men were the only men from the original group that left Egypt that made it to the Promise Land. Wow! 

What are you choosing to focus on today? What mountain are you circling because of the complaints you're speaking? 

I challenge you today to make gratitude a habit in your life. For the next 21 days, begin to write down 5 things you are grateful for.

I made a printable specially for you. If you subscribe below, you will receive an email with a free printable to write down what you're thankful for.

Don't miss out on the Promises God has for you, and make gratitude a habit.

As the 21 days of gratitude begin, I will post each day what I am grateful for, and I would love to hear your responses as well!