A Grateful Heart is a Magnet for Miracles
T oday I would like to share with you the power of gratitude and why is it important for you to turn your complaints into praise. If you want miracles in your life, then you have to start practicing gratitude in order for abundance to manifest in your life.
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving & His courts with praise; give thanks to Him & praise His name. For the LORD is good & His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”
~ Psalms 100:4-5
The “Law of Attraction” states that if you focus on thinking of what you’re lacking, you will lack more in life. Vice versa, focus on what you already have and you will be blessed with more.
Not convinced? Here are 10 Benefits of Gratitude you need to know.
How The Holy Bible Recognises Gratitude
1: God Delights in Prayers Filled With Thanksgiving
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.”
~ Philippians 4:6-8
Do you have any prayers unanswered? Perhaps you might want to examine yourselves if you have been praying according to God’s will. According to the scripture above, we ought to express our thanksgiving and praise to God when we are presenting our requests to Him.
2: God Remembers Those Who Praise Him When Times Are Bad…
In Acts 16, Paul & Silas were imprisoned and severely flogged for healing a slave girl who was possessed by demon. Instead of blaming God for the injustice they suffered, they continued praying & singing hymns to God.
As a result, God sent a violent earthquake. The prison was shaken till the doors flew open and their chains were loosen. The prisoners broke free.
This incident told us that God will help us tide through our crisis if we held on to the faith and give thanks to Him always.
3: God Restores Those Who Are Grateful
In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus healed 10 lepers. As you know, leprosy is an incurable flesh-eating disease that is infectious.
In the bible, people suffering from leprosy were being isolated away from the community as they were deemed to be unclean. It is believed that people contract leprosy due to their sins.
If untreated, leprosy can cause severe disfiguring skin sores and nerve damage in the limbs and skin areas around the body.
After Jesus healed the 10 lepers, all of them went off rejoicing except for 1 who came back to express his gratitude.
“Were not all 10 cleansed? Where are the other 9? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then He said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.“
~ Luke 17:17-19
The 9 lepers had faith to believe in Jesus’ power to heal their physical illnesses but they failed to pursue further after they were healed. Conversely, the 1 who came back to express gratitude had received more grace from Jesus as his additional faith made him well spiritually.
Hence if we give thanks to God, our wellbeing will be restored by God.
Scientific View of Gratitude
4: Gratitude Makes You More Optimistic
Gratitude is related to optimism. Being optimistic makes us happier, improves our health and has been shown to increase lifespan by a few years.
Multiple studies conducted by Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. confirm that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
5: Gratitude Makes You Less Materialistic
Chasing after material things make one feel less competent and unable to appreciate the beauty around them.
Having gratitude makes you feel less negative about yourself and hence reduces sentiments of materialism.
6: Grateful People Sleep Better
In a recent study in Applied Psychology: Health & Well-Bing, led by psychology professor Nancy Digdon shows that writing a gratitude journal for 15 minutes every evening helped students worry less at bedtime and sleep longer & better afterward.
In short, gratitude can aid with insomnia.
7: Grateful People Are Physically Healthy
According to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences, it shows that grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and they report feeling healthier than other people.
Grateful people are also more likely to take care for their health and exercise more often and are more likely to attend regular check-ups with their doctors.
8: Grateful People Are Mentally Stronger
A 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that gratitude was a major contributor to resilience following the terrorist attacks on September 11.
A 2006 study published in Behavior Research and Therapy found that Vietnam War Veterans with higher levels of gratitude experienced lower rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Giving thanks when times are bad fosters resilience.
9: Gratitude Improves Self-Esteem
A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased the self-esteem of athletes, which is an essential component to optimal performance. Other studies showed that gratitude reduces social comparisons and reduces resentment towards people who are better off.
So if you have an inferiority complex, it’s time to give thanks!
10: Grateful People Foster Deeper Relationships
Showing appreciation helps you win new friends. According to a 2014 study published in Emotion, thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship.
So if you want intimate relationships with your family & friends, it is important that you acknowledge their contributions!
No idea how to go about expressing your gratitude?
Feel free to practice it here, directions as below:
- Bookmark this page in your browser
- Visit this page whenever you have something to feel thankful for, or visit this page to read the gratitude notes of others to get encouragement
- Actively spam the chat box below with your gratitude messages!
- Share this post with your friends & family if you find it helpful so they can start expressing their gratitude too!
To A Victorious You