I’ve gathered a truckload of perspectives on the subject of gratitude. It began years ago when a well-intentioned friend suggested that I express gratitude for a particularly frustrating experience. My heart flooded with anger at the thought. How could I to be grateful for pain? Since then, childbirth has taught me that pain and gratitude are at times bed sisters.

Softening my heart, a conscious turning from anger—my first response to suffering—brought gratitude to the surface. When I come to that place with even the slightest effort, it transforms my soul. I don’t enjoy these lessons. The times I remember, though, happened when gratitude came through my pores, painfully, until I arrived at a place of perspective and peace.

Practice Shifting into Gratitude

When I come to an ungrateful place, I practice shifting into thankfulness. Over time, I’ve learned to be grateful in unexpected and challenging moments. This literally unburdens my heart, opening my view to many silver linings.

Authors, Doc Childre and Howard Martin write about heart intelligence and confirm why this changes our hearts:

“Each time we activate the power of our hearts and experience the beneficial feelings such as sincere appreciation, care, and love, we’re allowing the electrical energy of our hearts to work for us. When we consciously choose a core heart feeling over a negative feeling, we effectively intercept the physiological stress response that drains and damages our system and allow the body’s natural regenerative capacities to work for us.”

We can always do more to cultivate a spirit of gratitude. This acknowledges a greater power beyond oneself, a recognition of God. Walk with gratitude before him who is the giver of life and every good gift.

Here’s a link to Michael Hyatt’s blog about the three things gratitude does to your well-being: https://michaelhyatt.com/gratitude-goals.html