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The importance of gratitude

Kelsie Millet
Kelsie Millet
The importance of gratitude
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You are listening to episode 15, Titled- The importance of gratitude

Hey you guys! This is Kelsie Millet and I am your host here on the Let Him In Podcast, where 

my intent is to have these episodes full of thoughts, impressions and ways for you to easily let God into your every day.

So the last few days we have covered all the different segments and sections that you find on the daily spread, the first page where we are really connecting are recording our conversation with God, the second page we have covered implementing our revelations with action prompts, the I am statements, and now today we will be finishing up with our little Heavenly Father, thank you- gratitude box. 

Saying thank you is actually scientifically proven to make you happier. That’s right. There was an experiment that was done that they actually ended up realizing that majority of us are the same amount of happy no matter what our day to day looks like. They had people spend one day at an amusement park and the next back at work and between the two days there wasn’t much difference at all in their level of happiness. 

After more research and studies- it is safe to say that we in our society are not great at taking note of what makes us happy each day, it also tells us that we take a lot of things for grant it.

By practicing gratitude and noting what you are thankful for and why helps you to stop ignoring what actually makes you happy and it becomes more obvious. Which in turn can then make you a happier person overall.

Having an attitude of gratitude naturally makes you a happier, research shows it improves your physical health, for you typically live a longer life, have a higher self esteem, sleep better at night, be able to combat negative thoughts.  All because practicing gratitude actually rewires parts of your brain. 

So I would think it is safe to say that gratitude is something that we should all be intentionally adding into our life daily. 

If you get to writing your gratitude list and don’t know where to stop. Think of these three categories to get your mind going- things, places, people.

As important as it is to note what you are grateful for, it is even more important to note WHO is the one that gave it to you? Who is the one that provided? 

Mosiah 2:20

20 I say unto you, my brethren, that if you should render all the athanks and bpraise which your whole soul has power to possess, to that God who has created you, and has kept and cpreserved you, and has caused that ye should drejoice, and has granted that ye should live in peace one with another.

“Regardless of our circumstances, each of us has much for which to be grateful if we will but pause and contemplate our blessings.” —President Thomas S. Monson

President Monson reminded us, “Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love.”

I know that sometimes in prayer our blessings can be recited almost like a checklist of items that we could say daily. But I have felt so much more growth in myself and love from God and towards God when I challenge myself in this little Heavenly Father thank you section to think outside of the box. It helps me to recognize and appreciate even more blessings that I have been given in my life. 

Thought for today: an anonymous quote

 It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude. It’s gratitude that brings us happiness.

 Now would be the perfect time to pull out your Hear Him Journal and continue in more stillness, an open mind and a desire to connect with God. 

Love you guys!

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