Can a sense of gratitude help me to feel more peaceful?

Often times a lack of peace comes because we feel alone or that our life is out of control.  Because a sense of gratitude is a constant reminder that others are blessing our life, it can help us to very quickly realize that others do care about us and our circumstances.   That realization can lend a sense of peace.

Gratitude is an attribute—perhaps the primary attribute—that connects us to Deity.  As we look out upon the natural world, taking in and appreciating its wonder and beauty, we realize there is a power and creative force at work in the universe.  As we give thanks for these wonders, our hearts and minds are turned to a source of power far beyond our own.  Many acknowledge this force as God, and feel not only appreciation for His handiwork but also a security and peace in knowing that someone all-knowing is in charge.  For those who hold to this faith, there are many comforting passages of scripture that also bear testimony to God’s omnipotent and omniscient capacity and concern.  “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thin own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).   “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me”  (Psalms 138:8).

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God”  (2nd Corinthians 1:3-4),

Gratitude is, in many ways, a yielding up of our attitude of self-sufficency—at least enough to acknowledge that God and others give much to our lives that would be lacking if we had to do all things on our own.  Therefore, gratitude not only helps to give us a sense of peace, it also helps to engender humility.