The ideas of gratitude and thankfulness get a lot of attention as we approach late-November, leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Unfortunately, we often let the idea slip into the background the rest of the year, and most of us are not very good at taking time to consider how we should be thankful or share our gratitude with others in our day-to-day lives.

 

We think things should be different.

 

Psychologists have been studying the effects of expressing gratitude for over a decade, and have consistently found a strong coorelation between expressing thankfulness and benefiting from a stronger immune system, less anxiety and depression, and generally acting with more compassion among other things.

 

Thankfulness is a common theme in the Bible as well.  Psalm 100 tells us that we should come before God with an attitude of thankfulness and Galatians 6 talks about sharing gratitude with others that we learn from.  Colossians 3 and 4 tell us that being thankful is a mark of being a follower of Jesus.  

So, take some time to contemplate your blessings, the things you have to be thankful for, and write a thank you card to someone important to you, or take time to thank someone who has helped you along the way.

ArkansasTurkeyStarting about 2 weeks before Thanksgiving, the Arkansas Turkey shows up on campus to spread the idea of thankfulness.  The Arkansas Turkey invites people to write what they are thankful for on sandwhich boards and passes out blank thank you cards for people to pass on to others.  

 

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 Christ on Campus also invites students to stop by the Rockhouse to enjoy some traditional Thanksgiving food.  Students can come and go as their schedule allows between 5:30 and 7pm.  We encourage students to bring their friends and use it as an opportunity to enjoy some good conversation over some great food.

  

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