Journal Prompt – What’s the Point of Being Thankful?

A confusing prompt I know, but it has a point, just bear with me here.

As some of you may have noticed, my journal prompts have been every other week, and not very consistent.

Because my thought was; what’s the point? My journal life was going downhill faster than an avalanche in winter, and I didn’t want to be thankful or grateful.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized there was a point, and it was called life. Happiness. Joy. Memories.

Journaling is so much more than writing down what you did today, it makes you think deeper, past the mundane things of life.

These journal prompts that I have done in that past, should make us think gratitude, joy, and happiness. And it does not even have to be in a journal; grab a crayon, piece of paper, or your phone, and think.

Here are my top 5 reasons and points of being thankful.

1. It is what God wants. I Thessalonians 5:18 says

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

It is God’s will for us to be thankful, to give thanks in all things, not just the things that make us happy or feel better, or made our day better, all things.

Sometimes we have to look pretty deep to find something to be thankful for, but it’s there.

2. It’s good for our health and mind. It has been scientifically proven that being grateful has benefits to our health and well-being. It reduces stress and helps us think in a better mindset.

3. It improves our attitude. When we go around being ungrateful, and complaining all the time, we give off a bad attitude. And no one wants to be around someone who has a black cloud hanging over their head all the time. Being grateful lets some sun on our day.

4. We will be more positive. Being ungrateful brings on bad thoughts, when something goes wrong, our automatic reaction is sometimes an explosion of the worst possible conclusion thoughts. But when we have our mind tuned to gratefulness, our first thought should be; what is the good in this?
It is not easy, and it will take time, but it will be worth it.

5. It closes the door on negativity. Being negative is very easy, and it can be very controlling. The battle between the gratefulness and negativity/ungratefulness is constant. We will always have that battle going on inside us, and we need to fight that battle with the truth.

Ask yourself when a bad situation arises, is this worth getting worked up about? Is this a world-is-coming-to-the-end situation? The answer is usually no. When we change our mindset from negativity/ungratefulness to thankfulness, the battle will be a little easier.

How? By taking the time, every day, to list at least five things you are thankful for each day.

By journaling, writing, or thinking gratefulness, we will have a better mindset, a healthy mind, an improved attitude and it will please God.

So, I guess…there is a point to thankfulness, and I do believe it is worth it.

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