In the States, Thursday is Thanksgiving. Regardless of where you reside, it is beneficial to count your blessings and express thanks. Science has been studying gratitude for a number of years*, and has found gratitude helps us physically, mentally, and socially. Studies looking at couples find those who practice intentional gratitude have better marriages and far less divorce.
Learning to feel and express gratitude results in you being happier, and it makes you a better person. Some suggest taking a few minutes each day to write down three to five things for which you are grateful. If you want to see changes in your marriage, do this specifically about your spouse. It may be difficult at first, but you should be able to find a few small things. The next step it express your thanks to your spouse for the things for which you are grateful.
Here are a few of the things for which I am thankful:
- Jesus died and rose for me, so I might be reconciled with God.
- My wife’s integrity.
- A new grandchild! (Born today – a boy, 8 lb 3 oz.))
- My Wednesday night group – what an awesome bunch of people you are!
- My wife’s life long journey of healing and growth.
- My son married a fine young woman with a family I would want to spend time with even if we were not related.
- The maturity and wisdom I have gained over the last year – and the ways my growth has made my life easier and better.
- Close, true friends who know me, love me, and hold me accountable.
- Sex has become a source of joy and connection in our marriage.
- A dream for the future.
~ Paul – I’m XY, and I have so much for which to be grateful!
Year End Giving: Next Tuesday we will kick off our year end giving with Razzo’s Giving Tuesday event. We start on this day because Razzo gives out some cash prizes to various non-profit participating. I’ll send out an extra e-mail on Tuesday with a link.