Give Thanks


Photo credit: Simon Maage

We would like to take this opportunity to say happy Thanksgiving ahead of this Thursday, especially to all of our American friends.

Although Thanksgiving is not an officially celebrated holiday here in the UK, giving thanks and taking time to think about all the things we are thankful for, can be really good for our health.

“Research suggests that individuals who feel grateful experience lower blood pressure, improved immune functions, recover more quickly from illness, and can more effectively cope with stress,” 

Being thankful also has huge and long-lasting benefits for our mental health and wellbeing, as well as helps us build resilience for both expected, and unexpected curve balls that life often brings.

We can benefit the most from an attitude of gratitude by being intentional about it. That means choosing to look for things that we are thankful for, and regularly listing them, one by one. A habit of gratitude is an excellent habit to have!  So how do we create that sort of habit?

We can intentionally focus on gratitude and joy by fixing our thoughts on anything good, making sure our thoughts are true truths and not assumptions and think about anything that is honourable, right, pure and lovely. Taking a moment to appreciate and admire any of the good things we often take for granted is also a great place to start!

This week, there has even been an advert floating around Facebook ahead of the Christmas and Thanksgiving frenzy that can help us do just that - click the link here if you are interested in watching.

In the meantime, here are 3 simple steps to starting an attitude of gratitude habit:

  • 1) Notice things to be thankful for,
  • 2) Write down at least 3-5 things a day,
  • 3) Repeat every day for a week or two!

Lastly, we'd be very grateful if you let us know how you get on ;)

PS - I'd also like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to all of our Intentional Health  Church PartnersAngels and prayer warriors - who partner with us to prevent sickness, save lives and inspire healthy communities!