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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.


    Together: The Power of Gratitude

    Living your life with gratitude helps you notice the small wins. From improving your mental health and relationships to growing in spirituality, practicing gratefulness makes a big impact on everyone. Tell us how your church has demonstrated gratitude as a spiritual practice or has experienced the impact of showing gratitude by clicking here

    Keeping a gratitude journal 

    • Some of the benefits of writing down some of the simple daily acts you're grateful are can lead to better sleep, less illness, and more happiness. Click the link above to get some tips for keeping a gratitude journal. 

    Practicing gratitude 

    • Building your capacity for gratitude isn’t difficult. It just takes practice. Practicing gratitude has incredible effects, from improving our mental health to boosting our relationships with others. Learn ways you can be more appreciative in this guide to gratitude. 

    Exercise your gratitude muscle

    • Gratitude works a bit like your bicep muscle. The more you work it out, the stronger and more capable it becomes. So, let’s identify gratitude’s impact and how we can strengthen the gratitude muscle. Here are some gratitude workouts for you to try out. 

    Why Gratitude?

    • Gratitude is the foundation to the life that many desire; a life that is well-lived, joyful, and connected to others and to God in good, healthy ways. The more we practice gratitude, the better we are physically and spiritually. Author and editor Vinita Hampton Wright explains how gratitude can be a helpful strategy toward a healthier life.

    Gratitude as a Spiritual Discipline 

    • Like all acts of discipline, gratitude takes daily practice and the more frequently we choose to engage with this as a spiritual practice, the easier it becomes. Theological intern Amanda Holmes reflects on the spiritual discipline of gratitude and its connection to movements of justice.

    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."