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Monday, June 6, 2016

The More Grateful I am, the Happier I can be

In review of Philippians 1:3 it says, “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God”

Bottom Line:
Every time I think of you, I thank God.

What this means to me:
My life is full of gratitude and thankfulness for you.

There are plenty of studies that link gratitude to happiness. Psychologists and sociologists have proven that the more grateful you are, the happier you are.

So, If I want to have healthy relationships, they should start with an attitude of gratitude. Given this principle, I’ll can experience more happiness and enjoyable relationships by developing a habit of being grateful for the people in my life.

Paul says in Philippians 1:3, “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God” (NLT).

This simple truth forms a foundation for good relationships.

Today I need to ask myself, when you think of the people in my life, is my first feeling gratitude? Honestly, it’s often, “What do they need to do for me? What problems have we got? What do we need to get done?”

Paul shows me a different way. His first thought for his friends was one of gratitude, and it is the model I can follow in order to have relationships that last.

One challenge comes to mind: The longer I know someone, the more likely I’m to take that person for granted. The easier it is to focus on that person’s faults and the bad times instead of the happy times.

It will takes effort on my part to choose to have an attitude of gratitude for the people in my life. When I develop the habit of thanking God for people in my life, it will cultivate happiness and have a lasting and eternal impact on those relationships.

Today I will try to practice thankfulness for those God has put into my life.