Category Archives: Gratitude Game

Gratitude Game #6 Praying Gratitude

Gratitude Game #6

Praying Gratitude

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The Science: Gratitude improves psychological health.

Multiple studies link gratitude and well-being. Research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.

Sample Study:

Gratitude Study (Emmons and McCullough): Participants divided into three groups for journaling (daily or weekly).

Group 1: Journals about negative evens or hassles.

Group 2: Journals about the things for which they were grateful.

Group 3: Journals about neutral life events

Results: The gratitude group consistently evidenced higher well-being in comparison with the other two study groups.

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Enter His gates with thanksgiving …give thanks to Him, bless His NOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAame. Psalm 100:4

 

Let’s do it right now. Tell God something you are grateful for.

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Do It Now Gratitude Game #5: What do you say? “Thank-you”

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Soul Sculpting Project: As often as possible say a sincere “Thank-you” to the people you relate to.

The Science

Expressing gratitude strengthens close relationships and provides opportunities for new relationships.

  • Psychologist John Gottman, renowned for his work on marital stability and relationship analysis uses gratitude as an effective intervention for marriages experiencing Negative Sentiment. See his work on Creating a Culture of Appreciation

  • Research from Open University found that ‘saying thank you’ is the most highly valued way in which couples show their appreciation for each other.

  • 2014 study found that thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI do not cease to give thanks for you. . . Ephesians 1:16

How many times can we say a sincere “thank-you” in the next hour?

Do It Now Gratitude Game #4 20 Second Gratitude Infusion

Do It Now Gratitude Game #4

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For 20 seconds think about something you are grateful for.

Even this tiny amount of time has a positive effect in changing the structure of our brains with the benefits of gratitude. Repeat this 20 seconds of gratitude awareness throughout the day and the improvements will be even stronger.

The Science

Gratitude has a major role in helping us overcome trauma and in building resilience.

  • 2006 Study found that Vietnam War veterans with higher levels of gratitude experienced lower rates of post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • 2003 study found that gratitude was a major contributor to resilience after the tragedy of 9-11. Pondering what we have to be thankful for —even during difficult times—fosters resilience.

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Now, right now, is a good time for some gratitude infusion. 

For the next 20 seconds think about something you are grateful for.

What is it? _______________________

Congratulations! you have just increased resilience and made structural improvements in your brain.

Do It Now Gratitude Game #3 Write It and Send It

Do It Now Gratitude Game #3

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  • Use posts, email, or paper to write a short gratitude note to someone for whom you are grateful.

  • Keeping it as quick and short as you need to: Do It Now.

The Science

Gratitude increases empathy and reduces aggression.

  1. Grateful people are more likely to be pro-social in difficult situations. When others are unkind, grateful people respond with kindness.

  2. Those who are higher on gratitude scales are less likely to retaliate against others, even when given negative feedback.

  3. Grateful people have more sensitivity and empathy toward others and less desire to seek revenge.

Study from University of Kentucky.

We Give Thanks to God Always for You All. 1 Thessalonians 1:2

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write a quick note of gratitude.

Do It now Gratitude Games #2

Do It now Gratitude Games #2

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Soul Sculpting Project: Grateful for WHO?

Right now – this moment think about someone for whom you are grateful.

Who are you grateful for? ___________________

The Science:

Gratitude increases our sense of self-worth and reduces social comparisons.

1. A 2014 study found that gratitude increased self-esteem for athletes and this in turn improved performance.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA2. Other studies have discovered that gratitude reduces social comparisons (“they have a better job, more money , more brains, etc.”).

Rather than the resentment that accompanies these comparisons, gratitude enables us to celebrate the accomplishments and blessings of others.

Project Overview:

Soul Sculpting Gratitude Games are based on frequently used psychological strategies to enhance feelings of gratitude.

Each game includes one of the many findings from psychological research on Gratitude.

Bonus Round

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That simple,

let’s do it right now.

Do it Now Gratitude Games: Game 1

I am grateful for beautiful canyon walls.

I am grateful for beautiful canyon walls. What is on your list?

Do it Now Gratitude Games: Game 1

Soul Sculpting Project: Count Your Blessings

  • Name 3 things you are grateful for.

    This is the opportune moment. Do it right now.

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The Science: Gratitude is linked to better sleep.

Three studies on the relationship of gratitude to sleep

First study: Individuals with neuromuscular disorders make nightly lists of things for which they are grateful.

Results: After three weeks, participants reported getting longer, more refreshing sleep. Researchers: Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough (UC Davis)

Second study: Students write a gratitude journal for 15 minutes each evening.

Results: Students report less worry, longer and better sleep.

Psychologist: Nancy Digdon

Third study: 400 adults of all ages – 40% with sleep disorders – reported on their levels of gratitude, sleep, and pre-sleep thoughts.

Results: Gratitude was related to having more positive thoughts, and fewer negative ones, at bedtime. This, in turn, was associated with getting to sleep more quickly and a longer, better sleep.

Researchers: at the University of Manchester in England

Why does gratitude improve sleep?

The theory: When we cultivate gratitude throughout the day, we are more likely to have positive thoughts as we go to sleep and this effect lasts throughout the night. Gratitude builds optimism which sends an “all is well’ message to our body giving us the ability to rest.

Definition: Gratitude is the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself; it is a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation.

As you received Christ so live in Him,. . . abounding in thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7

Bonus round: Name 3 more things you are thankful for.

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Do it Now Gratitude Games: Introduction

Soul Sculpting Project: DINGG: Do It Now Gratitude Games

Do It Now Gratitude Games Warm-up Exercise

How grateful are you?

Warm-up Exercise: The Gratitude Questionnaire

from the work of gratitude expert Dr. Robert Emmons UC Davis.

Using the scale below as a guide, write a number beside each statement to indicate how much you agree with it.
1=strongly disagree, 2=disagree, 3=slightly disagree, 4=neutral, 5=slightly agree, 6=agree, 7=strongly agree

____1. I have so much in life for which to be thankful.

____2. If I had to list everything that I felt grateful for, it would be a very long list.

____3. When I look at the world, I don’t see much for which to be grateful.

____4. I am grateful to a wide variety of people.

____5. As I get older I find myself more able to appreciate the people, events, and situations that have been part of my life history.

____6. Long amounts of time can go by before I feel grateful to something or someone.

Scoring Instructions:

  1. Add up your scores for items 1, 2, 4, and 5.
  2. Reverse your scores for items 3 and 6. That is, if you scored a “7,” give yourself a “1,” if you scored a “6,” give yourself a “2,” ;etc.
  3. Add the reversed scores for items 3 and 6 to the total from Step 1.This is your total GQ-6 score. This number should be between 6 and 42.

Interpretation:

  • 25th Percentile: a score below 35 (bottom quartile)
  • 50th Percentile: a score below 38 (bottom half)
  • 75th Percentile: a score of 41 (higher than 75%)
  • Top 13%: a score of 42

If your score is high you are off to a good start.

If your score is low I have good news.

You can increase your level of gratitude by playing Do It Now Gratitude Games DINGG.

Game 1 Coming Soon.