Catching An Attitude

Catching An Attitude
A study by psychologist Robert Emmons divided volunteers into three groups that each made weekly entries in journals. One group wrote five things they were grateful for. One described five daily hassles. And a control group listed five events that had impacted them in a small way. The results of the study revealed that those in the gratitude group felt better about their lives overall, were more optimistic about the future, and reported fewer health problems.
Giving thanks has a way of changing the way we look at life. Thanksgiving can even make us happier.
Philippians 4:6-7   “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.”
November is a busy month, almost as busy as December!  November brings elections, the Thanksgiving holiday,  “black Friday” shopping, “small business Saturday,” and now, Cyber Monday shopping too!  Finding peace amid all this chaos is possible as long as we follow God’s plan.  Isn’t it interesting how our attitudes change when our prayers include “Thanksgiving” alongside our request?  Thanksgiving to God takes our mind off of ourselves and more onto the nature of God.  An attitude of gratitude is said to be contagious.  If you’re not in a group where you hear this, maybe start spreading your gratitude around and see who else catches it near you.   Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine.”

Pastor Tom