An Attitude of Gratitude Will Lower Your Stress
By Rick Warren
“Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 GW).
Gratitude is the world’s healthiest human emotion. It actually increases your immunity to sickness.
Plus, ungrateful people tend to be unhappy people. Nothing ever satisfies them. They never have enough. They are “when-and-then” people who think, “When such and such happens, then I’ll be happy.”
But the Bible gives us another way. First Thessalonians 5:18 says,“Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this” (GWT).
Gratitude can change everything. For example, try this: If you’re feeling depressed, make a list of 50 things you can be grateful for. Your gratefulness will help shift your focus away from your problems and toward everything good God has done and is doing in your life.
We take much for granted. Develop the attitude of gratitude and watch your stress level go down—because there is always something to be grateful for.
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The Purpose of Christmas Book
Focus on Jesus this Christmas!
Holiday parties. Presents under the tree. Caroling. Christmas dinner. Watching family movies around the fireplace.
The Christmas season is full of holiday traditions. It’s part of what makes it special! But at the same time, you don’t want to forget what the real Christmas celebration is about:
Sharing the joy of the birth of Jesus Christ with the people you love—and even with those you may never meet.
That’s why we want to send you Pastor Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose of Christmas. It’s our gift to thank you for your donation to help more people learn, love, and live the Word this Christmas and throughout the year.
The Purpose of Christmas is a hardcover gift book with full color images. In it, Pastor Rick shows you . . .
• What Christmas means for your salvation
• How to surrender to God’s will
• Practical steps to overcome discouragement
• Why we celebrate Christmas at all
• How Christmas can be a time to make peace with others
Simply request your copy of The Purpose of Christmas when you give below.
From all of us at Daily Hope, may you experience God’s love, joy and peace this holiday season! And thank you for helping us to share his gifts with the world.
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