The push for cultivating gratitude definitely comes in seasonal waves! It is important for us to remember that rather than adopting a grateful mindset at certain times of year, a grateful heart that can express gratitude in all circumstances is part of God’s will for our lives.
Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (CEB)
Since living in a state of gratitude is so vital, let’s look at the powerful impact of developing a more positive outlook.
Gratitude’s Powerful Impact
Are you curious why giving thanks is so important to God? It’s just one of those great things God directs us to do that not only brings him glory, but also benefits us. Expressing gratitude is associated with a host of holistic wellness benefits. By using gratitude affirmations on a regular basis, you’ll harness both the power of gratitude and the power of affirmations. Check out these incredible benefits!
Mental health benefits include improved mood and decreased depression and anxiety. This may be because focusing on , positive things lowers stress. Even if it is momentarily, using gratitude affirmations in a daily practice takes advantage of the neuroplasticity of our brains. Over time, repeating positive statements alters where your subconscious mind lands when things get quiet.
Practicing gratitude gives your brain a break from problem-solving mode and just lets you rest in Creator God’s goodness. By amplifying positive thoughts you will decrease the mental space available for negative thought patterns and welcome in greater inner peace.
Physical health benefits include improved sleep and immunity, decreased chronic pain and decreased probability of disease. Expressing thanks via gratitude affirmations just makes good health sense! In my holistic wellness coaching practice, I’ve seen how tending to physical health needs can make most everything easier. Building physical strength often rolls into building inner strength to overcome life’s challenges. In this way, gratitude affirmations are an easy first step to making total wellness more than just wishful thinking!
How to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude
Like many of God’s gifts, adopting new positive thought patterns and receiving the benefits of gratitude seems to start with a surrendered heart posture.
“Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus. From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise. Practice these things: whatever you learned, received, heard, or saw in us. The God of peace will be with you.”Philippians 4:6-9 (CEB)
When we release everything into God’s arms of abundance, his own peace guards our hearts. From that protected space, we are equipped to adopt a grateful mindset and walk in peace.
When something is in God’s will for us, we don’t have to struggle to make it happen on our own. God will strengthen us to accomplish every good work planned for us in advance and plants the desire in our heart! We can and should, however, support the spiritual begun by God. Using gratitude affirmations is a beautiful faith-in-action response!
Without any further ado, here’s the list of 41 Gratitude Affirmations!
Daily Gratitude Affirmations
Read through this list of gratitude affirmations and note those that spark deep appreciation and quiet your negative thoughts. Making the conscious decision to include those positive statements as part of your daily spiritual disciplines goes a long way in terms of spiritual nutrition! I hope that keeping a positive attitude proves to be a rich experience filled with a lot of joy!
6 Gratitude Affirmations
Here are 6 gratitude affirmations that are general enough to cover every season and circumstance. But don’t let “general” fool you. These are powerful gratitude affirmations are supportive enough for giving thanks in all circumstances!
- Every moment I am living brings opportunity.
- I actively seek opportunities to rejoice, pray and give thanks.
- I choose to be grateful.
- I watch in anticipation for God’s plans to unfold.
- I am rooted and built up in Christ.
- I overflow with hope and thanksgiving.
5 Gratitude Affirmations of Faith
Quoting God’s Word to ourselves reminds us of all we’ve been promised, boosting our faith and cultivating gratitude. It is hard not to give thanks when we consider all God has done for us!
- God’s power extends over my life and everything in it. (see Colossians 2:10)
- I am assured all things are working together for my good. (see Colossians 2:10)
- My Provider meets all of my needs. (see Philippians 4:19)
- No word from God will ever fail. (see Luke 1:37)
- The divine peace that was with Christ at Creation and Crucifixion is the same peace given to me. (see John 14:27)
5 Gratitude Affirmations for New Beginnings
New beginnings can, of course, leave us feeling shaky. Setting our hearts on God’s faithfulness to see us through automatically cultivates gratitude. We can safely rest in hopeful anticipation of whatever’s next!
- I approach this new beginning with power, love, and self-discipline (see 2 Timothy 1:7).
- I put my hope in God and my strength is renewed (see Isaiah 40:31).
- God started this good work and it will be completed in (me, my work, my family, etc.) (see Philippians1:6).
- With changes swarming around me, I anchor myself to God’s promises. God’s truth grounds me in Hope (see Hebrews 6:19, 10:23).
- I confidently anticipate God’s good and beautiful plans (see Ecclesiastes 3:11).
5 Gratitude Affirmations for Worry
Worry can so easily steal our joy and our gratitude. Use these positive affirmations to stay grounded in God’s truth and remind yourself that you’re not alone in what you face.
- I cast my anxiety on God because God cares for me (see 1 Peter 5:7).
- My soul is refreshed and I fear no evil (see Psalm 23:3-4).
- God’s own hand upholds me. There is nothing I fear with God by my side (see Isaiah 41:10).
- God values me and provides my every need. There is no need to worry (see Luke 12:22-34).
- Nothing is impossible with God (see Luke 1:37)!
5 Gratitude Affirmations for Stress
Stress and negative thoughts are big distractors that can prevent us from fully enjoying our blessings. Use these affirmations of gratitude to release any situation over to God’s capable hands and find peace today.
- I am strong and courageous. I will not be discouraged by the circumstances I face (see Joshua 1:9).
- My heart is guarded with peace (see Philippians 4:7).
- This stress will not crush me. Everything I encounter is being worked together for my good (see Romans 8:28).
- I am perplexed but not driven to despair. This is God’s power in me (see 2 Corinthians 4:7-9).
- Even in times of trouble, God’s promises delight me with gratitude (see Psalm 119:143).
5 Gratitude Affirmations for Health Anxiety
Just like with other worries and stressors, health anxiety is not something we can merely sweep away. Physical symptoms and medical outcomes are constant reminders of the battle. But there is one Provider who sees every need and is capable of ministering to us no matter the situation or the outcome. These affirmations for health anxiety are powerful resets because they let us move our eyes off a very scary situation in a moment of mindfulness, focus on the Ancient of Days; the One who Was, and Is, and Is To Come.
- I find soulful rest in the Lord my God (see Matthew 11:28-30).
- God’s strength in me allows me to live life well and be a blessing to others (see Hebrews 13:20-21).
- God restores my joy and it is good medicine (see Proverbs 17:22).
- I serve the Lord my God who blesses my food and water, and who takes away this sickness (see Exodus 23:25).
- I release all fear and worry, making room for gratitude and hope in Christ Jesus (see Luke 8:50).
5 Morning Affirmations to Start the Day
My favorite time to use affirmations is at the beginning of the day before any other messages work their way in! Utilizing affirmations to start the day lays a solid foundation and reminder to trust in God alone.
- Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy (see Isaiah 40:28-31, Romans 15:13).
- No matter what I face today, I know who I am and WHOSE I am (see Romans 8:31).
- God’s love and mercy are renewed for me every morning (see Lamentations 3:22-24).
- Above everything else today, I seek to please God and live in God’s holy presence at all times (see Psalm 27:4-5).
- I am empowered by God to do the work planned for me. I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful. My work makes a difference (see Ephesians 2:10).
5 Gratitude Affirmations Before Bed
Using gratitude affirmations before bed clears the mind and allows for more restful sleep.
- I am thankful for every person I met today. I pray they rest easily tonight with a growing awareness of God’s love (see Ephesians 1:16-21).
- Though now I rest, God rejoices and sings in gladness over me (see Zephaniah 3:17).
- My sleep will be sweet. I rest peacefully knowing God’s great love never ends (see Proverbs 3:24, Psalm 107:1).
- “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Oh Lord, will keep me safe” (Psalm 4:8).
- My work is done for today and God promises me rest (see Matthew 11:28-29, Psalm 127:2).
How to Practice Gratitude
Ready for the benefits of gratitude affirmations, but not sure how to build them into your daily routine? Check out these simple but powerful methods.
If you have the Our Father prayer memorized, you know it starts out praising God’s name. It may be the easiest way to include gratitude prayer in your daily routine. Thanking God for his unconditional love and requesting the wisdom of a grateful spirit is likely to have a reciprocal benefit of making you more aware of the simple joys that surround you. And since every affirmation above is rooted in scripture, they’ll likely bring your attention to God. As you repeat them and hold focus there, you’re naturally praying and communicating with God from a spirit of thankfulness.
A gratitude journal is just what it sounds like – a place to record your gratitude. Whether its a text document you save to the cloud for easy mobile access, or handwritten in a notebook or purchased journal, keeping one can be a gift of self love! It can be a place to write out gratitude prayers, make a bullet point list for what you’re grateful for that day, or expressed in any number of ways.
Creative Gratitude Journal Activities
- Writing a letter to your previous or future self as an expression of gratitude for the growth you pursued in the past or are currently working toward.
- Drawing a picture of what you’re grateful for.
- Journaling about a hard situation that in the end connected you with what really matters in life.
No matter how you do it, recording gratitude is beneficial in two ways. First, it gives you place to express the feeling of gratefulness. Second, being able to look back at the big and little things you found to be grateful for can be a powerful reminder on tough days. On days where it is hard to find anything in the present moment to be grateful for, reading over your past entries can be a sweet solace.
Through mindfulness practice, we can cultivate gratitude by simply paying attention! Evidence of God’s worthiness surrounds us. When we take time to notice and be present, we can recenter and be grounded in gratitude. Gratitude affirmations are one way to build this focus into your day!
You can begin by taking a deep breath; breathing in the unconditional love of God and breathing out all fear. Then visualize resting in God’s arms of abundance.
Check out this guided Christian meditation for building your gratitude practice.
Morning Affirmations and End of Day Affirmations
I’ve found one of the simplest ways to work affirmations into my day, is to include them as part of my existing spiritual disciplines that are already a part of my existing morning routine. These messages are powerful reminders of not just who I am, but whose I am! Recalling that ushers in positive energy so that no matter what I find in my day, I can more easily connect with God’s boundless mercy and grace.
Adding gratitude affirmations at the end of each day is an opportunity to view the day through a different lens. I’ve found it also gives my busy mind a place to land. Repeating my favorite affirmations is a much sweeter way to drift off to sleep than wrestling with stressful thought loops!
Ending on a Positive Note!
Giving thanks in all circumstances starts with seeing God above all circumstances. This isn’t always a natural response. But don’t forget, “God is the one who enables you both to want and to actually live out his good purposes (Philippians 2:13 CEB).”
Be blessed in your journey toward improved spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health as you begin using daily gratitude affirmations.