Sunday, May 18, 2014

Powerful Promises about Gratitude, Part 1

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. 

See if you can count how many promised blessings are here. 

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). 

Click here for part 2.


Stephanie Larsen said...

I love this. I truly believe that gratitude is the mother virtue to all other virtues. It seems to precede or is a catalyst for me to other virtues such as compassion, long suffering, patience, meekness. When my heart is grateful it's soft enough to feel the spirit and love of the Savior. Now the trick is learning to have a thankful heart daily.

Stephanie Larsen said...

I recently read that it's like learning a new language and it takes practice and patience as our skills may be clumsey or slow in the beginning.