Gratitude: Go On a Daily Treasure Hunt

Much has been written about how important practicing gratitude is for our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health. I read an interesting bedtime gratitude technique suggested by Dr. Daniel Amen, clinical neuroscientist psychiatrist. While he uses this technique at bedtime, you can use it any time of the day and even write them in your journal. So here is what Dr. Amen does:

“Every night before I go to bed, I say a prayer. I go on a treasure hunt, and I ask myself what went well today. I start at the beginning of the day, and I search through each hour of what happened that made me happy.”

This causes reflection of the day and makes you find anything that went well, whether big or small. Sometimes the smallest thing can be the biggest treasure of your day! While this simple practice may seem like it wouldn’t make much difference, research confirms the positive link between prayer and mental health.

This study focused on the effect  feeling accountable to God had on the mental well-being of the study participants. They asked the participants 2 questions: whether they made decisions with God in mind, and whether they depended on God for help in their life. They found that the people who feel accountable to a higher power also experience greater mental well-being. When this accountability to God was combined with prayer, it was associated with even better mental health. In my opinion, prayer is the most powerful thing we can do daily and often the most misunderstood and underused.

According to one of the study authors, people who consider themselves accountable to God welcome responsibilities that are associated with their faith and view accountability to God as a gift that helps them lead happy and successful lives. Well I am very happy to wholeheartedly agree with this! Prayer has been an integral part of my everyday life since I was a small child. As a believer in the Lord Jesus, my relationship with Him takes precedence over everything else in my life. It affords me great peace. And with the world in the condition it is right now, we can all use more peace.

Do you have a favorite prayer or gratitude practice?

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2 Responses to Gratitude: Go On a Daily Treasure Hunt

  1. JD Wininger says:

    Another excellent post Ms. Ann. While I try and express my gratitude to God at both the beginning and end of my prayer time, I recognize I need to also express it more within my family. Great thoughts ma’am.

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