WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…
March 23, 2017
TRAIN YOUR BRAIN
Deuteronomy 8:18 NIRV
But remember the Lord your God. He gives you the ability to produce wealth. That shows he stands by the terms of the covenant he made with you. He promised it to your people of long ago. And he’s still faithful to his covenant today.
Philip Watkins is a Professor of Psychology in the College of Social Sciences at the Eastern Washington University in the U.S.A. His research interests shifted from depression to happiness, and how gratitude produces happiness. Findings from his studies show that grateful people are happy people. More specifically, his team discovered that remembering good memories brought happiness. More than that, it was when these good memories were recalled with a sense of gratitude that happiness was produced.
In carrying out the experiment, he got three groups of respondents. One group was told to simply recall 3 good memories in the past 48 hours (recollection group) and another group was to do nothing (a placebo group). A third group was to recall 3 good memories AND also state how these memories made them feel grateful (gratitude group). They all did this for a week. It turned out that the happiness levels increased in the gratitude group compared with the other two groups. Also, the gratitude group continued to stay happy beyond the experiment, indicating that the exercise had helped to “train their brain” towards grateful living.
Today’s Scripture shows that God’s design is for us to prosper. However, God wants us to decisively and deliberately remember things in that light. The TLB says “Always remember…” How you choose to remember daily events matters. Gratefully remember the good things about and around you. That’s how God wants you to train your brain.
CONFESSION: I am the daily delight of the Lord. I am rejoicing always before Him, rejoicing in the world He made, rejoicing in the life He gave.
PRAYER: Thank You for ordaining prayer that my joy may be full. Nothing can hold me back. I’m full of sunburst joy!
FURTHER READING: Prov 8:18, Psa 149:4, Jer 9:24.