Being Grateful – the Science of being happier

by gcadmin on Wednesday, February 15th, 2023 No Comments

Be Grateful – a paradox

Life is filled with challenges that can be difficult to endure. Circumstances, misfortune, and malevolence can cause pain and suffering, and the weight of these burdens can seem overwhelming at times. In the face of such adversity, many may feel that life is unfair, and some may even question the existence of a benevolent Creator who could allow such hardships to occur.

However, it is important to recognize that the assumption underlying this argument is flawed – the notion that we can fully comprehend the workings of a divine being is simply incredulous. While we may not understand the Creator’s plan, we can find solace in the knowledge that we are capable of enduring a tremendous amount of suffering when we have a meaningful purpose to strive for.

As the philosopher Nietzsche observed,

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

Indeed, finding a sense of purpose and meaning can help us weather even the most difficult of circumstances.

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells the grateful Samaritan,

“Your faith has made you well.”

By cultivating a spirit of gratitude and striving for a higher purpose, we can find the strength to endure even the most trying of times. So, let us always strive to be grateful, and let us never lose sight of the meaningful goals that give our lives purpose and direction.

That is the key – despite what suffering we have in our lives, be grateful and aim for something meaningful. 


Gratitude Sunset

There are many places in the bible that say we should be grateful and give thanks –

Psalm 118:24 – “This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”,

1 Corinthians 15:57 – “but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Philippians 4:6-7  – “Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.”

Science says we are healthier and happier when we are grateful.

It turns out the science is now also confirming this.

  • A study published in the Journal of Research in Personality found that individuals who reported a greater sense of purpose in life also reported greater levels of life satisfaction and fewer symptoms of depression (Steger, Frazier, Oishi, & Kaler, 2006).
  • A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that individuals who engaged in regular gratitude exercises, such as writing thank-you letters, experienced increased levels of happiness and decreased symptoms of depression (Emmons & McCullough, 2003).
  • Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life” conducted by Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, which was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2003:

These studies show the people feel better and are actually healthier when they are grateful.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Gratitude with Gravitas ~ A Seriously Good attitude.

Science says its good for you.

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