Last week, we acknowledged the difficulty in being vulnerable, and the joy we likely miss out on as a result.
Today, we’ll use current research to confirm what the Bible told us all along: be grateful and trust in our blessings.
Before you click that you finished today’s workout, pause for a moment to list the things you’re thankful for right now.
To taking the first step,
For those welcoming the experience, the shudder of vulnerability that accompanies joy is an invitation to practice gratitude, to acknowledge how truly grateful we are for the person, the beauty, the connection, or simply the moment before us.
Gratitude, therefore, emerged from the data as the antidote to foreboding joy. In fact, every participant who spoke about the ability to stay open to joy talked about the importance of practicing gratitude.
It wasn’t just the relationship between joy and gratitude that took me by surprise. I was also startled by the fact that research participants consistently describe both joyfulness and gratitude as spiritual practices that were bound to a belief in human connectedness and a power greater than us.
“We’re a nation hungry for more joy: Because we’re starving from a lack of gratitude.”
– Brene Brown
Today, I will practice taking off my “mask” so that I may dare greatly.
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.