April 16, 2024

Vocal Point-Dr. Joannie DeBrito

Topic: How Gratitude Changes Us.

America has an annual holiday which reminds us of our need to be grateful. Thanksgiving reminds us to thank God for all of His blessings. If you want to change your life, consider being more grateful. Why is gratitude important? Does gratitude change us? Even modern science shows that gratitude adds to the quality of our lives. For example, here’s a headline of an article we are linking to: “Neuroscience Reveals: Gratitude Literally Rewires Your Brain to be Happier.” The article notes: “When you say, ‘thank you,’ do you really mean it or is it just politeness to which you give little attention? Neuroscientists have found that if you really feel it when you say it, you’ll be happier and healthier. The regular practice of expressing gratitude is not a New Age fad; it’s a facet of the human condition that reaps true benefits to those who mean it.” Dr. Joannie DeBrito, a licensed mental health professional and frequent Focus on the Family contributor, joins Jerry Newcombe to discuss the efficacy of expressing gratitude regularly. www.fotf.org

Originally Published January 9, 2023