All week I've been studying the power of gratitude.
After searching the scriptures and a handful of talks, here are my favorite promises God made to us about the power of gratitude in our lives.
Then ask yourself: Is it worth it to cultivate a grateful heart? I say yes.
Promises from Dieter F. Uchtdorf: "Grateful in Any Circumstances"
• Being grateful takes away bitterness
• makes life sweeter
• makes life more joyful
• makes life even glorious
• true joy
• great happiness
• gentle peace in the midst of tribulation
• in grief we can lift up our hearts in praise
• in pain we can glory in Christ’s Atonement
• in the cold of bitter sorrow we can experience the warmth of heaven’s embrace
• heals the heart
• expands the mind
• We realize that endings here in mortality are not endings at all. They are merely interruptions–temporary pauses that one day will seem small compared to the eternal joy awaiting the faithful.
• broadens our perception
• clears our vision
• inspires humility
• fosters empathy toward our fellowmen and all of God’s creation
• is a catalyst to all Christlike attributes
• A thankful heart is the parent of all virtues
• made glorious
• things of this earth shall be added unto [them], even an hundred fold, yea, more
Great examples of being grateful in any circumstances: Nephi, Job, Joseph Smith, Mormon Pioneers. We can choose to be grateful, no matter what.
How many promises have you counted so far?
Promises from Joseph B. Worthlin in "Live in Thanksgiving Daily"
• Gratitude is the greatest of virtues
• the parent of all other virtues
• a quality I have found in every happy person I know
• instantly makes a person more likeable
• instantly makes a person more at peace
• where there is an abundance of gratitude, there is happiness
• a mark of a noble soul
• a mark of a refined character
• Others like to be around grateful people
• Grateful people tend to brighten all around them
• They make others feel better about themselves
• They tend to be more humble
• They tend to be more joyful
• They tend to be more likeable
• make the world a happier place
• less stressful
• less angry
• more spiritual
• The grateful man sees so much in the world to be thankful for
• the good outweighs the evil
• love overpowers jealousy
• light drives darkness out of his life
• Where appreciation there is courtesy
• Where appreciation there is concern for the rights and property of others
• Although having or lacking money, fame, or power can’t predict happiness, those who live in thanksgiving daily are usually among the world’s happiest people
• They make others happy as well
• Gratitude turns a meal into a feast
• turns drudgery into delight
• softens our grief
• heightens our pleasure
• turns the simple and common into the memorable and transcendent
• forges bonds of love
• fosters loyalty
• fosters admiration
• Living in thanksgiving daily is a habit that will enrich our lives
• and enrich the lives of those we love
• Those who live in thanksgiving daily have a way of opening their eyes and seeing the wonders and beauties of this world as though seeing them for the first time. (Otherwise it’s easy to let people and the beauties of nature become invisible when they’re around us all the time.)
As we strive to open up our eyes (seeing people and nature we’re used to), hearts (releasing negative emotions daily and fill up with good), and arms (bless others):
• our step become a little lighter
• our smile will become a little brighter
• the darkness that sometimes broods over our lives will become a little whiter
• “He who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious
• the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more” (D&C 78:19).
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