The Secret To A Happy Heart

“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”

Proverbs 15:13

Are you aware that studies show that our overall happiness is tied directly to our gratitude. The more grateful we are the happier we will be. In doing an internet word search for the words “thanks” and “thankful” in the Bible I found some 150 instances where they are used in scripture. Giving thanks and being thankful you could say are at the core of the Christian faith and are the natural response to our loving and faithful God. It’s been well said, “worship is the thank you that cannot be silenced.”

It’s also worth noting that when saying please and thank you, we are displaying kindness and respect towards others. While saying please and thank you demonstrate proper manners, there are more benefits on display. When you and I make the effort to do little seemingly insignificant things well, we are much more likely to do big things well too. The reason being is simple, good thoughtful habits produce good results.

The bottom line is, thankful people in general are more stable in their emotions, balanced in their approach and studies overwhelming show they enjoy life far more than ungrateful people do. Being thankful is to our general well being what a thermometer is to a fever. Thankfulness is a great gage in checking our emotional, spiritual and even our physical health.

Are you depressed today, discouraged, or just down in the dumps? If so take a moment and pray. Count your blessings and thank God for all the great things He has done. Begin by thanking Him for sending Jesus to die for you. Thank Him for the gift of His Holy Spirit who lives inside of you. Thank Him for His Word that is filled with thousands of promises. Thank Him you are alive today and can respond to His voice. Thank Him for the things we so easily take for granted like water that comes out a faucet and not a hole in the ground. Thank Him for an indoor plumbing instead of having to go outside behind a bush or a rock or a tree. Thank Him for a bed, and a place to lay down and sleep at night. Thank Him for the food in your pantry and for a toothbrush in your drawer. Thank Him for the roof over your head, and for the locks on your doors.

We have so much to be thankful for! Take time and look around you and not only count but acknowledge the blessings God provides. Say please and thank you as often as you can today knowing each time you do its like medicine for your heart and its good for your soul. And just as important know that being grateful is contagious. Saying please and thank you engages others in the blessings of God too. It helps them to see what you see and gives them opportunity to be thankful too! And if you are reading this then know too…

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you”

Philippians 1:3


Michael Osthimer





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