Being Thankful: Big Idea: Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Thankful people are more likely to be kind to others — even to those who aren’t kind to them. Wouldn’t our world benefit if more of us were truly grateful for what we have instead of chasing what we don’t have, and frankly don’t need?
You never hear of thankful people being aggressive, but they are not passive. As they are spreading the “disease” of thankfulness and it impacts relationships with those they love, it also impacts those with whom they have challenging relationships. Because empathy is triggered by gratitude, a caring attitude is what is displayed in the difficulty. Who does not respond positively to those who care?
Today – it is easy to show empathy for those we love. Accept the challenge to show empathy to those difficult people you encounter today. See how it has a positive impact on them. It might even give you a chance to share your story about how God has transformed your life.
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