Is Gratitude is a Learned Behavior?


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Ephesians 5:19-20

Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christmas is coming, and my children have presented us with their wish lists. The items on the lists are not inexpensive. Interestingly, they already have similar items. We don’t deny our children toys and electronic gadgets, but the items on their wish lists represent the newest, biggest, or best items in those particular categories.

I wonder what happened. We have tried to raise our children to be thankful for what they have, and to live within our means.

I think the “desire for stuff” is a learned behavior, and is detrimental to having a grateful spirit. Our culture bombards us with commercials of all kinds of products that say “buy me and you will be happy,” but that happiness is fleeting. It only lasts until the next better product comes along. It’s a vicious cycle.

How do we stop the cycle?

I believe gratitude is a choice. It’s a behavior; therefore we have personal control over the behavior. When things aren’t going the way we like, we can choose to wallow in self-pity, or choose to look at all the many blessings we do have. It’s then we may see how rich we really are.

One way to see our many blessings, and cultivate a grateful spirit, is to squelch the idea that we don’t have enough. The idea that we need more primarily comes through advertisements. So, we’re cutting off the TV as an experiment. While I can’t stop the flood of all the advertisements we are exposed to, I don’t have to bring them into my home. Let’s see if I can cultivate gratitude in my home, by eliminating what is detrimental to gratitude.

How do you cultivate a grateful spirit?

 

Have a grateful day.

 

Scripture is from www.biblegateway.com

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