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Why Gratitude Is A Game-Changer For Your Mental Health | GOF72

What if gratitude could improve your mental health? Seems too simple? Could merely learning to say thank you change your life? Probably not. But recent psychological research has revealed that it may have a more positive benefit to your well being than you might think.

This question and other first emerged thirty years ago in the field of Positive Psychology. Up to that point, research had focused on the familiar issues of mental illness: depression, anxiety, fear, etc. But what about positive mental health? Researchers sought to answer this question and came to some exciting conclusions. So what were the results? Apparently being kind to your neighbor has more benefit than mere social implications. It can actually improve your life. So how do you practice and develop a life of gratitude?

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Why Gratitude May Be Critical To Your Mental Health | GOF72

by Dr. Jonathan G. Smith | Season 2

This Episode’s Topic: Why Gratitude Maybe Critical To Your Mental Health

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Theology On The Street – Give Thanks To The Lord

What do we base our gratitude on to the Lord? Psalm 136 succinctly answers this question for us by saying, “his steadfast love endures forever.” He repeats the line twenty-six times. Another way of saying “steadfast love” is “covenantal faithfulness.” That suggests that we can base our gratitude on God because of His loyalty to us.

Dad Life – Teaching Your Child To Be Grateful

Sometimes raising kids is just plain hard work, particularly when dealing with picky eaters. Locking heads with ungrateful kids can be very frustrating. But gratitude is relative. My time spent ministering in 3rd world context has taught me that children can learn gratitude in any situation. The key is recognizing that gratitude first starts with parenting.

Feature Presentation – Cultivating Gratitude

In an article in the Huffington Post, Dr. Randy Kamen argues that “gratitude is most strongly associated with mental health.” That’s exciting to learn, particularly given the Bible’s strong emphasis on thankfulness. But let’s face it, when you feel like you “have to” be thankful for something, it’s hard to believe that any mental health could be realized. But gratitude is more than just trying to remember to say “thank you.” It’s actually a discipline that can be cultivated over a period of time.

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Jonathan G. Smith

The Rev'd Dr. Jonathan G. Smith is the Senior Minister of Redeemer Church in Orlando, Founder of Grace Nation, and owner of Higher Purpose Coaching. His passion is to see people transformed by the Gospel, the liberating power of Jesus Christ.

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