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Recently on the news there was a story about courses that are reckoned to be able to increase one’s happiness.
Some who have attended these courses were interviewed and it was claimed that there was ‘scientific’ proof of the benefit gained.
Sceptics might say that since the only apparent measure was to ask participants whether they felt happier, and on a scale of one to 10 how much, that they would respond positively. After all, who is going to say that they committed themselves (I don’t know whether money is involved) to something that was a waste of time.
On the other hand, I can believe that it could work. It is very easy to focus on the negatives in life and maybe just the shift to more positive thinking will make a difference.
The apostle Paul wrote to early churches about the importance of giving thanks. I’ve been astonished and humbled by people in the direst circumstances who have found themselves able to give thanks for something.
For some, it will be desperately difficult but for many of us, if we can sit down at the end of the day and think about all we can genuinely give thanks for, it might well make us feel happier.
Reverend Sandy Stoddart,
Duror and Glencoe: St Munda’s Church of Scotland.