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Current scientific research on gratitude is finding that grateful people are more likely to experience joy, happiness, and optimism; are physically healthier (with lower blood pressure and stronger immune systems); and are more likely to act generously and compassionately.

Gratitude may be a critical virtue for a life that is enriching and enriches others; and it may be that it only blossoms when one has someone they are grateful to. The new science of gratitude is not only showing us the ways in which gratitude is beneficial, it is also finding practical ways to cultivate gratitude in one’s own life and in one’s community.

Linked below are resources on gratitude. Sermons will be judged based on the integration of the research provided in these websites, but you are not restricted to only using this research. For more information on how sermons will be judged, please visit the judging section of the Rules and Information page.

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Sermon Example

2015 Gratitude Sermon Winner – Alex Wright

Alex is a child of God, husband, father, and adventurer (in that order). He lives in Davis, California, where he has made his home since 1990. He studied Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of California at Davis and received his Masters in Theology from Fuller Seminary. He loves spending time with his family, reading, running, cycling, kayaking, climbing mountains, cooking, baking bread, working with computers, photography, working on his car, building things, working with wood, tinkering, drawing, and doing random science experiments with his kids. He is married to Erica, who makes her living as a Marriage and Family Therapist and runs her own private practice in Davis. Prior to meeting each other, Alex and Erica both served independently as mountain guides and youth ministers. Alex and Erica have two daughters, Karis (5) and Sophie (3), who seem to be every bit as adventurous as their parents. The girls love kayak and mountain climbing themselves and will do anything to get out of the house.