After years of struggling with my mental health, I have gone through a positive transformation within myself and my life.
Now I want to share what I have learned with others.
This post is the first of many more posts I will write about concerning your mental health.
According to 'Greater Good Magazine', people who count their blessings tend to be happier and less depressed.
Research showed that people who were more grateful had a “greater neural sensitivity in the medial prefrontal cortex, a brain area associated with learning and decision making”.
This is evidence that gratitude positively effects the brain.
To transform your life and improve your mental health, the #1 way is Gratitude.
What is Gratitude?
Gratitude are the thoughts, words and actions of being thankful.
When you are thankful for who you are, who is around you and what you have, this is Gratitude.
Here are some Bible Verses about Gratitude:
"in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus."
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18 AMP
"Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts [deciding and settling questions that arise]. To this peace indeed you were called as members in one body [of believers]. And be thankful [to God always]."
- Colossians 3:15 AMP
“Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving
And pay your vows to the Most High"
- Psalm 50:14 AMP
"Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]."
- Philippians 4:6-8 AMP
The Bible says we should always be in a state of Gratitude.
'Philippians' reminds us that we should always think positive thoughts, thoughts that are pure and peaceful!
This is what Gratitude does: it helps us to constantly think of what we are grateful for and this helps us to have a peaceful mind.
If you are going through a very hard time in life, there is still one thing to be grateful for: You are alive! There is only one you and you are needed here in this world!
How does Gratitude Improve My Mental Health?
Here are 4 ways that Gratitude improves your Mental Health:
1. Practicing Gratitude can replace your negative and emotions.
When you are thinking thoughts of thankfulness, you will not have time to dwell on the negative.
2. Being Grateful gives you access to better relationships.
When you are happy, kind, and grateful for the people around you, more people are likely to want to be around you and befriend you.
3. Gratitude leads to greater physical health.
Gratitude improves your health and lowers the risk of heart disease.
4. Gratitude improves your self-esteem.
Being grateful enhances your mood, health, relationships and this positively affects your self-esteem. When you feel good mentally, this adds to your self confidence.
*** Remember, being grateful is God’s will for your life. Don’t allow this world or life to get you down for too long. Your pain is not in vain and your suffering will not last forever. You have a purpose and are here for a reason. ***
Here Are Some Thoughts of Gratitude:
- I am grateful for my job.
- I am grateful I have access to school.
- I am grateful for my family.
- I am grateful for my car.
- I am grateful to God for creating me.
- I am grateful my brain functions properly.
For some more Gratitude Affirmations, click here!
Start repeating these thoughts in your head TODAY.
You can even buy a journal and start writing what you are grateful for down on paper.
Father, help me to be more grateful.
Help me to see life through your eyes.
Sometimes life gets tough, but I still want to be grateful for what I have.
Help me to change my thoughts to be more grateful, pure and peaceful.
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