Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s Will for you in Christ Jesus. 1st Thessalonians5:18
I think we have all struggled at some point in our lives with the above scripture that says in all things give thanks, I have, I have thought how is that possible, but over the years as I have cultivated gratitude and thankfulness into my life I realise that it is actually possible to find something in each situation or circumstance to be grateful and thankful for.
Gratitude is always a choice, it is not automatic, we choose to be either grateful or ungrateful. It has actually been scientifically proven that gratitude is good for you. It has taken science a long time to realise this, but our God has always known, that is why He say’s it in His Word. God always has a reason for what He requires of us, He knows that if we have a grateful heart it is much better for our health and He always wants the best for us.
According to science these are the benefits of gratitude:-
1. Better relationships 2. improves physical health 3. Improves psychological health 4. Increased empathy and reduces aggression 5. Grateful people sleep better and are more peaceful 6. Gratitude improves self esteem 7. Gratitude increases mental health.
Ungrateful people are often careless and complacent, they feel entitled and are often full of self pity and complain a lot. They will always compare themselves with others and very often isolate themselves.