Practicing Gratitude

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.” - 1 Chronicles 16:34

There are studies that support the notion that practicing gratitude leads to greater happiness. That is, if we intentionally establish ways to acknowledge positive things and celebrate what is going well, it has an impact on our overall attitude and emotional well-being. It can be as simple as stating a few things you are thankful for to another person each day.

Thanksgiving is a time when we tend to state what we are thankful for more plainly. Perhaps it can also be a reminder of the importance of this practice. Maybe it is something we need to do more often and more deliberately. Thanksgiving can be a reminder of the value of gratitude, as well as a time to begin new practices. If it is on-going, it diminishes our need to be comprehensive.

I am grateful for my family, near and far. I am grateful for the community here at Ascension and the ministry we share together. I am grateful for the safety and well being I am afforded living in Dallas. I imagine you share in some of these Thanksgivings, I hope you will share your gratitude with others in the week ahead.

Blessings -
Fr. Paul