November is the month we are reminded of thankfulness and about having an attitude of gratitude. It is a month where we reflect on the family and friends with whom we get to do life, and for whom we are thankful.
It is easy to forget to keep a grateful mindset as we deal with overwhelming work schedules, taxiing kids to sports practices, attending committee meetings, church services, performing household chores, and the overall craziness of life. We oftentimes think gratitude is our gift to others, but the person who truly benefits most from our gratitude is us.
Science reveals the impact of gratitude on the brain and body (mindful.org, 2019). Gratitude’s powerful benefits include stress relief, emotional regulation, and pain reduction. Grateful feelings also have long term health benefits. Researcher Prathik Kini and colleagues at Indiana University had some encouraging findings: the mental practice of gratitude may alter the brain functioning in those suffering from depression. Gratitude may be able to rewire the brain!
Scripture had this mindset right all along. The Bible has much to say about having a thankful mind: “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
This Thanksgiving, make sure you keep an attitude of gratitude. Your mental health depends on it. Give yourself the best self-care: a heart and mind of gratitude.
Sincerely, Adriana Salcedo Beauty for Ashes, International