Ep. 10: Gratitude, God & Science

Are you grateful for your spouse? They don’t always make it easy, do they? But did you know there’s a lot of science behind what gratitude does to your brain and mental health? There are also big impacts it can make in your marriage.

When you show gratitude towards someone, you are saying that you respect their value, and that you treasure how unique, beautiful or indispensable they are. Wow, what a gift to a spouse that is!

Today we shared the truth of scripture when it comes to gratefulness as well as the science behind it, because believe it or not, science and Bible do align! We also gave some insight into how being grateful can impact your marriage in big ways and why couples who are grateful have a much higher marital satisfaction rate.

Developing a grateful heart is definitely the way you want to go in your marriage. The benefits are well worth it!

Ep. 9: Walking in an Attitude of Gratitude

It’s a hard season to be grateful in, isn’t it? Many spouses have spent this entire year on edge, emotionally drained, and just kind of mentally exhausted. If we’re not careful in our marriages, it gets really easy to begin to focus on all that is wrong, instead of recognizing all that is good and right.

It’s important to remember that gratefulness is a choice. It’s not our nature to look for the good and to be grateful. In order to walk with an attitude of gratitude in our marriage, we must intentionally…

· Stop- Stop and think, “What am I grateful for?”

· Look- Look around. Stay present. “What around me is good, right in this moment?”

· Go- Move forward keeping an eternal focus. “In light of eternity, how big is this problem, really?”

Quotes from the episode

“Gracefulness keeps us from focusing on our spouse’s flaws”

“When we focus on our problems, it makes being grateful hard”

“Ultimately, what we want for the people we love is for them to be whole and free.”

“Being grateful doesn’t diminish our problems, it just gives them proper perspective.”

“So it is not happiness that makes us grateful. It’s gratefulness that makes us happy” – David Steindl-Rast

 
 

Verses:

1 Peter 4:8

1 Thessalonians 5:8