Thanksgiving and Healthy Living

I love it when the world discovers or proves that the Word of God is right.  For example, the Word of God teaches the importance of being a thankful people. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “…in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.”  God’s will is for us to be thankful.  Whenever it is God’s will for us to be or do something, it is always for our benefit.

According to a November 23, 2010 article in The Wall Street Journal, a growing body of research has tied an attitude of gratitude with a number of positive emotional and physical health benefits.  The article summarized the research as follows:

“Adults who frequently feel grateful have more energy, more optimism, more social connections and more happiness than those who do not, according to studies conducted over the past decade. They're also less likely to be depressed, envious, greedy, or alcoholics. They earn more money, sleep more soundly, exercise more regularly, and have greater resistance to viral infections.

Now, researchers are finding that gratitude brings similar benefits in children and adolescents. [Studies also show that] kids who feel and act grateful tend to be less materialistic, get better grades, set higher goals, complain of fewer headaches and stomach aches, and feel more satisfied with their friends, families, and schools than those who don't.”

The research quoted by The Wall Street Journal validates what students of God’s Word have always known.  It is good to be grateful.

This Thanksgiving, take time to pause and reflect upon the things for which you are thankful and then give thanks to God.  It will be good for your health.

Something to think about…