Message From the Pastor
Want More Happiness in Your Life?
The benefits of practicing gratitude are all around us and nearly endless.
People who practice gratitude on a daily basis, by taking time to
notice and reflect upon the things they're thankful for
experience more positive emotions,
feel more alive,
express more compassion and kindness,
and even have stronger immune systems.
So, who wouldn't want to act more grateful? I bet you do because
you want all the good things that gratitude brings to you.
And gratitude doesn't need to be reserved only for momentous occasions: Sure, you might express
gratitude after receiving a good report from your doctor, or a friendly chat with your best
friend over a hot cup of Starbucks, but you can also be thankful for something as simple as a delicious
piece of pie, or a sunny day, or a hug from your partner.
Here are a few keys I’ve discovered—and research supports—that help you not only to start a
gratitude practice, but to maintain it for the long haul.
Freshen Up Your Thanks - The best way to reap the benefits of gratitude is to notice new
things you’re grateful for every day.
Gratitude Journaling Works - It slowly changes the way we perceive situations by adjusting
what we focus on. (If you’re looking for a gratitude journal ask me for some helpful suggestions.)
Be Social About Your Gratitude Practice - Our relationships with others are important factors
for our happiness. So, it makes sense to think of other people as we build our gratitude.
(Try the Wednesday parish prayer group at 10AM in the Marinette church chapel. We
spend a lot of time sharing our gratitude)
Incorporating gratitude into your life is easy—and fun if you make up your mind to do it and enjoy
it. You’ll feel happier too!
Reverend Bill McBride, Pastor