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! 

Thank you!


Photo Credit:Aaron Burden

This week we are coming to the end of our Intentional Health webinar series, finishing on a high by celebrating with positive thoughts and joy! 

We originally set out to create and deliver 20 webinars, sharing some of the content from our ten session Intentional Health programme. 

Whilst this has been loads of fun, and we've learned an awful lot, we've also learned that it isn't quite as easy as other professionals make it look! 

I am hugely grateful for the team of people who have made it possible and also the people who have taken the time to attend live or given us feedback! 

If that is you... Thank you!! :) 

We hope that this may inspire you to find out more about Intentional Health, and join in with a community programme near you, or share the content with others if you find it helpful. 

This week in our final three sessions before we break for summer, Tom, Gareth and I explore how our thoughts and feelings, being grateful and celebrating our successes all contribute to a healthy, happy life. 

If you want to join us live (or want to be notified of the replay!), you can do so by registering using the links below.

Thoughts & Feelings - Monday 17th July 19:30  (BST)

Joy & gratitude - Tuesday 18th July 19:30  (BST)

Failing Forward - Thursday 20th July 19:30  (BST)

If you meant to watch some of the series, but have not got round to it yet, next week, we'll publish a list with links to all of the webinar replays, which will be available for you to watch at your leisure.

The week after we hope to feature a guest post while I'll be having a much needed holiday with family  - so watch this space!

The week after we'll be at the Creationfest - Do come and say hello if you are attending! 

Niky & team