Although Jesus never celebrated Thanksgiving, he enjoyed lots of meals with others. He welcomed all people to his table so they could hear the Good News of God’s love and grace. In a way, each meal Jesus shared with others was a “Thanksgiving” meal. When we commune with Jesus and trust in God’s love, we begin to cultivate a life of thanks-living…a continual state of Thanksgiving!

God doesn’t want our Thanksgiving to be limited to one Thursday in November. We should be thankful in all of life, so we’re taking on a Gratitude Challenge. It’s ten days to focus on ten areas of life to be thankful in hopes of kickstarting a daily life of gratitude for God’s glory. Plus, Wellspring will have a two part sermon series beginning November 19, on Living a LIfe of Gratitude.
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Being grateful changes your brain and your life for the better! 

Dozens of neuroscience studies have shown gratitude makes you a healthier and happier person. When you give and receive gratitude dopamine and serotonin are released in your brain which leads to feelings of pleasure, happiness, and overall well-being. In addition, the more grateful you are the more Hebb’s Rule (neurons that fire together wire together) comes into play. Being grateful activates “gratitude” circuits in your brain, strengthening positive neural pathways which makes you a more positive and hope-focused person.  

So, take part in the gratitude challenge and live happier and healthier!