Does Being Thankful Lead To Being More Joyful?

Think about this for a moment. You open your eyes after spending most of the night tossing and turning over worries that you can’t do a darn thing about. You went to a gas station yesterday, and half a tank, all you could afford, put such a dent in your wallet that you need to take items off your grocery list.

The trip to the store, where you purchased the barest of necessities, threw you into a deep depression. You spent the rest of the day grumbling and complaining before going to bed, upset and disgusted. It’s not a wonder that you didn’t sleep well.

You lie in your bed, too tired to face another challenging day. So, what do you do to turn things around? Make up your mind to think about good things and not all the negative stuff happening in the world. Find some joy in the little things.

Take a walk and revel in birds chirping or the wind whipping through the trees.

Smile at the lady walking her dog and tell her how cute he is. 🐕

Say hello to a squirrel happily eating a pine nut. 🐿️

Thank God that you were able to afford the milk that you poured into your cereal.

Thank Him for your health. If you never got COVID, thank God. If you got it and got through it, thank Him. If you lost someone to it, be glad they are in a much better place.

There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. I believe with all my heart that spending time being grateful leads to a joyful life. Philippians 4:8 gives us some fabulous instructions.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Can you be grumpy and grateful at the same time? I don’t think it’s possible. Do you want to experience true joy? Then, be thankful. Fill your thoughts with the good times, the wonderful people God has placed in your life, and the trials He brought you through. That should put a smile on your face and a skip in your step. 😁

Takeaway: You need to think about what you are thinking about. If you want to feel joyful, think about the good things in life and get your mind off the bad. It’s not always easy, but it will change your life for the better.