Today's Devotional Thought
February 11, 2010 by Rachel Piferi
How blessed do you feel today? Do you feel like you have a lot or very little to be thankful for today? Or, have you just been too busy to really think about your blessings today?
Recent research in the field of Psychology has begun to show that focusing on our blessings is good for us. Researchers Michael McCullough and Richard Emmons have done several studies on gratitude and have found that keeping a record of blessings in our lives promotes our health. In multiple studies, people who took time each day to record what they were thankful for in a journal reported that they were more satisfied with life, were more optimistic about the future, and had overall better psychological well-being compared to those who did not write about their blessings or wrote about neutral things every day. In their research, they suggest that focusing on what is good in our lives can change our perspective and thus make us happier and more optimistic about the future.
As we see in John 1, we have all received blessings from the Lord. And, we receive many of them one after another. But unfortunately, it seems that we may be too busy or too mired in the stress of our lives, to even notice our blessings. So, in studies like the ones on gratitude, when we actually take time to focus on the good in our lives, rather than the bad, we can be profoundly impacted.
Take time today to start a gratitude journal. Write down things that you are thankful for each day and when you are having a bad day, open the journal and read through your blessings. By focusing on how God has blessed us each day, we can become more satisfied with life and more optimistic about the future. We are all blessed in some way. Focus on it today.