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Just in time for Thanksgiving: Happiness, Gratitude and GRIT

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Hey gang – it’s almost Turkey Day!   I know many of you are probably getting Instagram and Facebook overload from your friends sharing their “30 Days of Thanks” or whatever it’s called.  While I’m sure it can be annoying, don’t “hate” too much.  Turns out, drinking the gratitude Kool-Aid can do us good.

Let me digress for a bit.  We’ll come back full circle.  I promise.

While growing up in Texas I attended a small, Southern Baptist church and we had this ritual of giving “praise reports” during every service.  At this time, members of the congregation would stand up and share something good that had happened during the week (i.e. a promotion at work, healing from a sickness, winning a big game, an exciting family vacation, etc.).  We always did “praise reports” before sharing “prayer requests.”  Prayer requests are unfortunate situations in which people needed prayer, support or encouragement.  I always wondered why we had this practice of first giving praise before we prayed about a problem.  Over the weekend, a friend shared this video with me (below).  While watching it, “praise reports” started to make more sense…  thankful happiness

“The Science of Happiness,” suggests that the simple of act sharing gratitude (aka sharing praise reports) is therapeutic in itself.  Being grateful and expressing gratitude can actually give us the strength and perspective that we need to make it through tough times.  In short, gratitude gives us GRIT.  Gratitude makes us happier.

In true GRIT by Brit fashion, I also thought to myself, “Maybe expressing gratitude for 2 good arms, 2 good legs and a heart and lungs that work can be the extra push I need on days I don’t feel like working out?”  haha –  we shall see.

Watch this video from SoulPancake if you want to feel good, get in the Thanksgiving spirit and maybe even tear up a bit 🙂

“Praise [gratitude] works best at the start, before the miracle, before the breakthrough, before the restoration.”  – Brian Houston