Honestly today’s Wellness Wednesday suggestion is the easiest healthy habit yet! Studies have proven that grateful people are happier, healthier people. REALLY! Our local Christian radio station was talking about a study done with teenagers struggling with depression. They asked these teenagers to journal daily what they were thankful for. Those that did it resumed a healthy emotional state sooner than those who did not. (My words and interpretation of the study) I also noted that Jason Kent, son of Carol Kent, the author of “When I Lay My Isaac Down” states that one of the ways he copes with life in prison is to journal or to pray out loud all of the things he is grateful for. If being thankful can help a young adult man who is in prison for life with no chance of parole keep his emotions healthy I would say that is pretty good proof of it’s validity.
So I would say this Thanksgiving Day week is the perfect antidote to what ails you! Enjoy it and it can be a balm so soothe your soul. Spend some quiet time with the Lord thanking Him for all he has given you whether it is a lot or a little makes no difference. Spend some time with the people in your life letting them know that you are thankful for them, glad that they are a part of your life. Laugh a little. Watch an old movie (or a new one). Make something whether it be food, a card, a decoration, whatever! Working with your hands and engaging your imagination is a great refresher for all of us!
“I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart…”