President Monson's Invitation

Did you know that saying, "Thank you" gives you a boost of serotonin?  Do you even know what serotonin is?  Serotonin is the homrone in your body that makes you feel good.  Many of those who suffer with depression or other forms of mental health have a lack of serotonin, the "happy hormone."  

Well, I just learned at education week that if you think thank you, you get a boost.  That boost increases when you write a note to say thank you.  But when you stop and meaningfully say "Thank you" the boost rises incredibly.  Try it.

So, I was thrilled to hear President Monson's invitation for us to write down our blessings, big and small. 

President Thomas S. Monson
President of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

 We live in a unique time in the world’s history. We are blessed with so very much. And yet it is sometimes difficult to view the problems and permissiveness around us and not become discouraged. I have found that, rather than dwelling on the negative, if we will take a step back and consider the blessings in our lives, including seemingly small, sometimes overlooked blessings, we can find greater happiness.

         As I have reviewed the past 49 years, I have made some discoveries. One is that countless experiences I have had were not  necessarily those one would consider extraordinary. In fact, at the time they transpired, they often seemed unremarkable and even ordinary. And yet, in retrospect, they enriched and blessed lives—not the least of which was my own. I would recommend this same exercise to you—namely, that you take an inventory of your life and look specifically for the blessings, large and small, you  have received. 

I Accept the Challenge!


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