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OK. I’m going to vent a bit today.

You know what bothers me? When someone writes an article about a topic, as if he/she has made a great discovery when in fact, the idea isn’t new at all — it’s hundreds of years old — it’s biblical.

Now, I have to say that this particular writer did give a bit of credit to the Bible by entitling the article, “Jesus Christ and Oprah Can’t Be Wrong” but I would venture to say that Oprah hasn’t been saying anything new either.

According to this recent article in Macleans, journalist Janice Kaplan left a high-profile magazine job and accepted an opportunity to conduct a study on gratitude for the philanthropic foundation. Her research exposed “a gratitude gap”: nearly all participants believed that grateful people are more fulfilled and lead a richer life,” but few than half reported being grateful regularly.”

Nothing new here.

I’m just wondering how much this study cost to come up with these astute conclusions.

The writer also acknowledged that gratitude “started out as a theological notion” but that she “learned to reframe the way she thought about her husband, children, career, even food and exercise – to focus more on the good in front of her than on the bad frustrating her.”

Excuse me, but isn’t that transformation by the renewing of your mind? (Romans 12.2)

Isn’t that a steadfast mind? (Isaiah 26.3)

Isn’t that thinking about what is true, right and lovely? ( Philippians 4:8)

Isn’t that self-control? (2 Timothy 1.7)

Isn’t that guarding your heart and mind? (Proverbs 4.23)

“Given the fact that negative experiences weigh more on the minds of humans than positive ones…it’s no surprise people struggle to see the bright side.”

I totally agree with the author here – it’s no surprise at all.

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.  Ecclesiastes 1.9 

 

 

 

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