“A merry heart does good, like medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22)
Chances are you’ve probably heard that before.
But have you heard that a merry heart — being joyful, grateful, etc — is actually scientifically proven to improve sleep, mood, and resilience?
Have you also heard that the worst thing you can do for your brain is having a bad attitude?
You know what else?
The rest of the verse says “but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
So ya, it’s proven that having a merry heart (good attitude) is good for you!
But you already knew all that. Being others-centered brings such joy! And keeping God in the very middle it all brings the most joy of all! 😊
You probably could guess where this is going. 😅
Lately I’ve been trying to develop a more grateful spirit. I’ve been intentional about it for the last two weeks(ish) and I have noticed that it really has made a difference in my attitude. So I just wanted to share different things I’ve been trying (and would like to try) to help cultivate a more beautiful spirit. 🙂
Thank Someone For Something Today
A verbal (or even written) thank you forces you to recognize a blessing. Genuinely show your appreciation for something by saying thanks. Accompanied by a small gift is even better! 🙂
Thank God For One Thing Every Day
Actually, I hope it’s more than one thing. But just take the time to stop. and. thank. Him. I admit, I need to do this WAY more. Just intentionally, genuinely thank God for at least one thing every day.
Keep A Gratitude Journal
For me, this was as simple as adding a gratitude log to my Bullet Journal. If you want to go into more depth, you could dedicate an entire journal purely to gratitude or buy a gratitude journal full of insight on how to be more grateful.
For real. Going outside means you have to stop whatever you’re doing. And it helps space between you and your distractions. That means you have the time and space to just think. I’ve found it much easier to reflect on the blessings and challenges in my life. 🙂
Need I say more?
And go outside again! 😉 Just kidding. I’m reading a book that’s talking about how important it is to give stop and rest. I’m kind of (*ahem,* very) obsessed with productivity, so this is very difficult for. I need to be still. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
Meditate on God’s Word
God’s Word gives us a million reasons to be grateful! In fact, the Bible itself is something to be grateful for! 😊
Again, being in God’s presence gives us every reason to be grateful. When we are mindful of the things above, we have the mindset to see the blessings above and below!
Princess, I don’t know where you are — and this will definitely sound cliche — but there’s always something to be grateful for. I hope that these will help you find the blessings in your life! ❤️
Like I said, these are thinking I’m trying to practice…which means I have so much room to grow. So, please, what makes you feel grateful? Share it with the friends! ❤️