grat~i~tude: n:the quality of feeling of being thankful. As I was reading my REAL SIMPLE magazine there was an article on gratitude with women sharing what they are grateful for. It was so encouraging and a good reminder to count our blessings every day. The article expounded upon 4 benefits of giving thanks: 1) It helps you feel in control 2) It improves your health 3) It helps you cope better with traume 4) It bolsters your self-worth and self-esteem.
Aside from the encouragement given in the magazine to give thanks, our Lord is pleased with a grateful heart:
"O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good." Psalm 136:1a
"Be joyful always; pray continually; GIVE THANKS in ALL circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." I Thess. 5:16
During this season of Thanksgiving and at ALL times, let's remember to have grateful hearts. . . it's good for the soul.