Michele Morelli is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) in private practice at Trinity Family Counseling Center. She recently joined our staff following completion of her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Sienna Heights University.
When life is stressful, we often forget to count our blessings. But counting our blessings keeps us grounded. Research shows that having gratitude stimulates our minds and bodies in ways that allow us to persevere. Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis validates the benefits of gratitude, "Clinical trials indicate that the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person's life; it can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep."
A while ago, a caring friend gave me the book, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren. The message was simple and something my family often suggested when I was growing up. When facing difficult situations, we can find hope in gratitude and service. When we help others get what they want, a gratitude cycle starts—they become thankful and we then feel thankful.
When I faced a difficult time, some friends were surprised to witness my attitude of gratitude. They thought I should be angry. But I had learned the power of gratitude and the freedom that comes with this decision. With gratitude, we can gain greater strength and clarity.
1 Thessalonians 5:15–18: Thankfulness, God’s Will for You “See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”