“But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”—1 Peter 4:13
When I first read this verse, my mind immediately focused on the part about rejoicing when you share Christ’s sufferings, but after I read it a few more times, I started noticing the promise in this verse. Why should you rejoice in times of suffering? Because then you will also get to rejoice with Christ and that is just one of the many benefits that come with living a life of gratitude.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more…It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”—Melody Beattie
Have you ever really stopped for a moment and thought about the benefits there are in living a life of gratitude?
It can increase your happiness, improve your physical health, and helps you to be more resilient when you go through trials.
Studies are showing that people who practice gratitude have better physical health. Their immune systems are stronger. They are less bothered by aches and pains, and they have lower blood pressure. People who practice gratitude are also more likely to exercise regularly and sleep better. These things alone give me the motivation to practice gratitude, but there are so many more benefits.
There are a lot of benefits socially and emotionally too. It helps us celebrate the past and blocks toxic, negative emotions. It lowers stress levels and promotes a higher sense of self-worth.
If those are just a few of the benefits, who wouldn’t want to live a more grateful life?
Head outside today. Take a “gratitude walk.” Breathe deeply, and start using your senses (all of them) to notice the world around you. What do you see? What do you smell? What do you feel? What do you hear? Focus on the little things.
What benefits are you seeing in your life as you practice gratitude?