Research suggests that grateful people have more energy and optimism, are less bothered by life's hassles, are more resilient in the face of stress, have better health, and suffer less depression than the rest of us. People who practice gratitude are also more compassionate, more likely to help others, less materialistic, and more satisfied with life.
Psychologists from the University of California, Davis and the University of Miami, conducted a study which divided hundreds of people into three groups, each of which was instructed to keep a different type of journal. One group recorded daily events, another recorded hassles. People in the third group made lists of what they were grateful for. This last group reported more alertness and optimism, better progress toward goals, and also felt more loved.
God has given us so much to be thankful for - let us remember and celebrate that each and every day.