One of the most important muscles we have is the emotional muscle of gratitude. Since it’s a muscle, how can we exercise it and make it stronger?
Webster defines “Contentment” as the choice to be at peace with yourself and at peace with the world around you.
Contentment doesn’t lead to apathy. It leads to energy, where I feel more rather than just trying to feel better.
There is a reason why the religions of the world basically say that all there is, is all there is, and all there is — is enough. The ancient Scriptures remind us of a contemporary truth – that if we cultivate discontentment instead of contentment, then no matter how much we accumulate or achieve, we will not be fulfilled or happy.
Interestingly enough, science has affirmed this truth. Being thankful leads to:
- lower stress
- stronger immune system
- improved cardiovascular function
- increased energy
- less likelihood of depression
- deeper sleep
- stronger relationships
- deeper sense of purpose
- better coping strategies
Our culture tends to celebrate self-glorification. Therefore we set aside a day as a reminder to celebrate grateful hearts. Gratitude lifts us above our own demands and broadens our peripheral vision so that we take delight in the gifts surrounding us.
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