Friday, December 23, 2011


Giving of thanks can help psychological well-being

Christmas can be a very depressing time for a considerable amount of people, and for many different reasons. It seems the most joyful time of year, can become a time of great sadness for some. Could it be that a change in focus, an attitude of gratitude could help?
Recent studies indicate that an attitude of gratitude helps the emotional well-being of human beings. For some time now, psychologists rarely delved into the science of giving thanks.
The University of Miami psychology professor, Michael McCullough studied people who were asked to be regularly thankful, stated, “"When you are stopping and counting your blessings, you are sort of hijacking your emotional system."
He noted that some psychologists underestimate the power of simple gratitude. “It does make people happier….It’s that incredible feeling.” The Bible exhorts in many places that it is a good thing to give thanks.
Some psychologists are encouraging their patients to keep a journal writing three things they are thankful for, or that went well during the day. The benefits are evident and long lasting.
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy Name, O Most High.” Psalms 92:1 (KJV)
Previously, science found what the Bible stated many years ago, that a merry heart has healing properties, while harboring bitterness, anger or resentment can cause problems in the body. “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
Diane Landry, a Christian writer/author of "Granny's Gift," and frequent contributor to Yahoo's AC, has overcome through faith in Christ Jesus, many obstacles in her life. She was abused, divorced and became a singe mother of five, after her husband abused her children. Diane hopes that through her writing, she can bring hope and inspiration to her readers. 
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