Research has shown that the positive effects of gratitude are huge. They include everything from a better night’s sleep to more fruitful relationships, and even improvements in physical and mental health.
For those of us Christians, we’re not surprised that these are the results of something the Bible tells us to do.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
- Additionally, Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And give thanks.”
- And of course, there are many more. (see 1 Chronicles 16:34, Colossians 4:2, Psalm 100:4)
One of the greatest hindrances to gratitude is simply busyness. It’s not that we don’t want to be grateful, we just forget to be.
With today’s modern technology, forgetfulness doesn’t have to overshadow thankfulness. We know there’s an app for pretty much everything, including gratitude. Here are 3 ways that our devices can help us to be grateful in our marriages, and for our families, friends, and the many other gifts we’ve been given.
- Use Your Calendar
Start today by creating an event in your mobile calendar. I set mine for 9 a.m. daily titled, “I’m thankful for….”
Next choose the repeat option. You can set it daily, like I did, or make it 2 or 3 times a week if you prefer.
Don’t forget to add an alert! I set mine for “time of event” so at 9 am each day a notification pops up on the home screen of my phone and reminds me to think of something I’m thankful for.
- Get an app as a reminder
There are many options when it comes to gratitude apps. Each with a slightly different layout and functions, but most have similar features. They remind us to daily stop and record our gratitude. Some give 3 spaces per day, others 5. Here are a few options:
- Make Use of Social Media Outlets
Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – we can update the status each day with gratitude. We’ve all seen enough status updates of grumbling and complaining – why not change the face of social media to that of thankfulness?
For example: Thankful Day 1: “whatever you’re thankful for that day.” (Day 2. . . ) A friend of mine makes great use of Instagram by posting a photo of something she’s thankful for. In the comments she adds the date and a description. She’s up to Day 936! What a great visual journal of the past few years’ moments of gratefulness.
There isn’t a right or wrong way to be thankful, the most important part is that we just start. Choose which way works best for you, and start a practice of gratitude today!
Do you have another way to practice gratitude through the use of digital devices? Share it with us over on our Facebook page or upload a photo and use the hashtag #flclovemyfam