In a book entitled The Trust Edge by David Horsager, he shares the following about the greatest secret of the magnetic person.
“One secret and irresistible quality of magnetic people is that they’re grateful. They are genuinely thankful, and it shows in their interactions with others. Even though we don’t usually think of gratefulness as a major personality trait, it actually goes a long way toward shaping who we are. In fact, Dennis Prager, the researcher and talk radio host, conducted a study on happiness for his 1998 book, Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual. What, he wondered, was the biggest factor determining happiness? After numerous surveys, he found that the usual suspects – occupation, economic level, relationship status, geographic location, and ethnicity – didn’t really matter. Every one of these categories included people who were happy as well as those who were unhappy. What mattered most? Gratitude. People who learn to be thankful are more content and fulfilled. The single greatest commonality of happy is an attitude of gratitude. And people find that attractive.”
I have not done any official/scientific research on the matter of what major quality could be found in people who feel the happiest and most fulfilled in their relationship to Christ and his church. Yet, I do believe, by way of many years of pastoral experience, that those who have been and continue to be the happiest in said relationships are the ones who have exhibited the “attitude of gratitude” for the good things God has done in and through Christ.
Indeed, I believe that much of our energy and our influence as the people of God are born out of gratitude to God. And, there is nothing wrong with our visiting and evaluating our own “attitude of gratitude” from time to time.
– Doug Fairbanks
Published on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 @ 10:46 AM EDT