Sunday Thoughts (how to be mentally strong)

There's one simple thing you can do each day to make you mentally stronger.

It doesn't cost a thing.

It takes only minutes.

Anyone can do it.

Sounds easy, right?

Not exactly. In today's world, even though it's simple, that doesn't mean it's easy.

I'm talking about practicing gratitude.

Being thankful.

Yes, there's a lot to be worried and stressed about. But there's always something to be thankful for, if you stop and think about it.

And I'm telling you, you should.

Whether you're thankful for the food on your table, clean water to drink, or a friend that can make you laugh, the advantages of recognizing your gratitude and embracing it are profound.

It can change your life.

And boy, do many of us need it right now.

Gratitude helps you bounce back from trauma. It boosts your self-esteem. It makes you happy.

It can boost your social life, and improve your relationships. Or even help you sleep better.

These things are all shown by science.

Ok, you may be thinking. But how do I do it?

There are many ways, and surely one that will work for you.

Like writing a letter to someone, letting them know how thankful they're in your life.

Can you imagine how you'd feel if you got a letter like this? Well, you'll feel just as good writing it, trust me.

Or create a picture wall or collage that shows the people and things you're thankful for. It can do wonders to look up from your computer and see your favorite people, places and things each day.

Experiencing thankfulness is one thing. It's expressing it that makes it so powerful.

Make it a habit to tell people you appreciate them. A hurried "thanks" doesn't carry the same amount as a heartfelt "thank you so much for doing that."

They mean the same thing on the surface. But how they're heard, and how they make the other person feel – it's a world of difference.

And we can all use our worlds to feel different right now.

What are you thankful for? Who makes your life what it is? And when's the last time you told them?

Something to think about. Give it a try!

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Patti - August 10, 2020

My husband sent me your gratitude post. I wanted to share with you what I am doing. Maybe talk about synergy?

Dino - August 10, 2020

Feel good… A good Church following the lord’s scriptures will lead to faith all you need is an open heart…

It could lead to bringing your family closer and a more balanced life for all !

Bob - August 10, 2020

Hello Jeff,
Thank you for your thoughts on thankfulness. These days are showing people using violence for change rather than being thankful for what came the hard way. I appreciate what you do, Jeff, and pray for you and yours.
God Bless… Bob

Patricia Shearer Root - August 10, 2020

Lots of good information😊

ALfiya - August 10, 2020

Good morning everyone!! My thoughts and prayers for you all, plzz stay safe n healthy❤️❤️

Kevin - August 10, 2020

Howdy Jeff!
I just read your article on Gratitude to my Wife while we sit on the porch,
Wonderful words, Thank you.
True enough it’s the things that we take for granted that we need to be reminded of once in awhile.
God Bless You also!
Always enjoy your Sunday thoughts!


MaryAnn Watson - August 10, 2020

Many thanks for your words of encouragement on being thankful and showing gratitude! They are so true and the benefit of better mental health is a real blessing.

Joe - August 10, 2020

Jeff, you’re so right!! We all seem to take for granted how good we have it, this great country we live in, all the freedoms we enjoy, our health system, family and friends.

marlin goebel - August 10, 2020

Once we realize that it is only by the GRACE OF GOD WE EXIST THIS VERY MOMENT than the rest of the
day is best understood. By looking at every thing in God’s creation as expressions of God’s love for us (weeds included) living the day is enjoyable. God bless your day through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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