Guest Post: The Power of Gratitude: A Life Path to Joy, Peace and Contentment by Kenneth O’Neal
The powerful force to change you from a transaction life to a transformed life is gratitude. It is seen as a virtue and a way to express appreciation for the blessings of God. It is the practice of recognizing and appreciating the big and small good things we possess in our lives. Zig Ziglar, iconic American author, and motivational speaker described it this way, “The healthiest of all human emotions is gratitude”.
The habit of gratitude can bring numerous advantages and benefits to our lives. First, gratitude can boost our overall sense of well-being. When we focus on the positive aspects of our lives and express appreciation for them, we tend to feel happier and more content. Believers are to be thankful in all situations; recognizing gratitude is part of the will of God. Research has shown practicing gratitude can lead to increased levels of happiness and a greater sense of satisfaction in life.
Second, gratitude can improve our mental health. Melody Beattie, an American author of self-help books on codependent relationships noted, “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow”. When we acknowledge the good in our life, we can reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Gratitude is encouraged to be included with prayer and supplication.
Our focus shifts away from the negative things and helps us maintain a more positive outlook.
Third, the habit of gratitude can strengthen our relationships with others by expressing gratitude to foster feelings of appreciation and connection. When we connect, we experience the peace of God; this quality characterizes the Christian life. By showing our appreciation through our action, we build trust and deepen our bonds with those in our lives. President John F. Kennedy said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”
Fourth, gratitude has many physical health benefits, Studies and surveys have shown people who regularly practice gratitude experience lower blood pressure, improved immune function and better sleep. The positive emotions generated by gratitude can have a profound impact on our overall health and well-being.
The power of gratitude can not be denied. It enhances happiness, improves mental and physical health, strengthens our relationships and leads to a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Let us cultivate the habit of gratitude and reap the many benefits it brings to our lives. Gratitude is an attitude to change perspective and bring us closer to God. Being thankful is acknowledging the goodness and sovereignty of God. It is often associated with joy, peace and contentment.
Kenneth Robert O’Neal is an author, speaker, coach, and founder and owner of Kroneal Coaching and Training in Kerrville, Texas. He is a Phenomenal Business Coach and Consultant Franchisee. He is a Ziglar Legacy Certified Coach and Trainer. He coauthored ROAD TRIP with Tom Ziglar in 2021; authored THE CIRCLE OF GUMPTION In 2022 and GUMPTION: THE LONG LOST SUPERPOWER (a children’s book 5-12) in August 2023. In addition, O’Neal serves on the board of directors and is the 2021-2022 past president of the Morning Rotary Club of Kerrville, Texas. He is a member of the Salvation Army advisory board, a veteran of the United States Air Force, and former certified public accountant.