The Amazing Side-effects of Being Thankful
- Andrew Fountain – Oct 11, 2015
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- Recent scientific discoveries about thankfulness
- What the Bible Says
- A plan for putting it into practice
- A breathtaking video to inspire thankfulness
B. Thankfulness makes us healthier.
- 16% fewer physical symptoms
- 10% less physical pain
- 8% more sleep, with improved quality
- Depressive symptoms reduced 30%
- Blood pressure reduction
- Even studies that suggested an increase in lifespan
C. Thankfulness helps us socially
- Studies have shown that increasing thankfulness has the results:
- More Friendly
- Better Marriage
- More Respect
- More Friends
- Deeper Relationships
D. Numerous other benefits
- More Optimistic
- More Self-Esteem
- More Resilience
- More Good Feeling
- Less Depression
- Career success
- We give thanks to God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
always praying concerning you,
- having heard
of your faith in Christ Jesus,
and of the love which you have towards all the saints,
because of the hope laid up for you in heaven,.
- and asking
that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will
in all spiritual wisdom and understanding
- so as to walk worthy of the Lord,
in all ways to please him,
in all good work bearing fruit and increasing in the knowledge of God,
- in all power being empowered, through his glorious strength,
in all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father
- who has made you sufficient to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light,
- who has rescued us from the dominion of darkness
and transferred us into the kingdom of his Son, the dearly loved one,
- in whom we have redemption, the freeing from sins.
- that their hearts may be encouraged,
being knit together in love,
and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding,
to the knowledge of the mystery of God, [that is]
- Christ, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden.
- Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,
- rooted and built up in him and established in the faith,
just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
- And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
for which purpose you were chosen in one body;
and be thankful [to God].
- Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly:
in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thanks in your hearts to the Lord.
- And whatever you do in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
- In prayer continue steadfastly, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;
- praying at the same time also for us,
that God would open to us a door for the word,
to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains,
- that I may reveal it, as I ought to speak.
3. A plan for putting it into practice
- God gave us a plan in Ephesians 5:20
- “…giving thanks at all times and for “all things” to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”
2 Corinthians 9:15
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”