All this Thanksgiving month, I've been sharing about how to Praise God in the Storm. I've talked about what God Says about Being Thankful, and What Being Thankful Doesn’t Mean. I've talked about how sometimes things that friends and family communicate to us can make our struggles more difficult and about things we can communicate to ourselves that can help us during struggles like some things that will help us to remember. I'd never seen any practical advice with tips on exactly HOW to praise God in the storm and be thankful so I posted two articles on things we can do that will help us to be thankful and praise Him even during our most difficult struggles. Finishing up this series, I'd like to share a bit about what happens to our communication when we are thankful. 1. Communication is easier When we are happy, our communication is happy and easy. We are less curt with people and more grace-filled. 2. Open to good things rather than looking for the bad People who are more joyous tend to look for the good in people which leads to not taking offense to things that aren't meant as offenses and even those that are. This makes for easier conflict resolutions. 3. Communication becomes angry and hurtful when we aren't thankful The more thankful we are, the less angry we are. Anger leads to lashing out and often to hurting others. The more joyous and thankful we are, the less likely we are to be hurtful even if we don't mean to be. 4. Become more Christ-like when we are thankful Our communication is much more Christ-like when we are thankful and full of joy than when we are angry, frustrated and negative. So the more joyous and thankful we can become, the more we communicate and spread that to others, but there are even more benefits to being thankful that comes out in our communication. I'll share those on Wednesday. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ If you liked this post, read…Seven Reasons Why YOU Should Sign Up for the Art of Eloquence Newsletter!