We are right in the heart of the Thanksgiving holiday season! While some are preparing elaborate meals, decorating, creating guest lists, and doing seasonal shopping, others are isolating, worrying about the future, or stressing about what they wish they had. In either scenario, individuals are so preoccupied with the hoopla of the holiday or the cares of life that they do not reserve much energy for true thankfulness.
Whatever position you are in life currently, you have the God-given right and responsibility to live a grateful life! Being grateful may not change your circumstances right away, but it will change YOU! The more grateful you are, the more you will experience optimal emotions, health, and relationships.
Habit #1: A thankful person does not wait for one holiday to express gratitude.
Yes! That’s right. There are 364 other days in the year that you can practice expressing your gratitude for your life, your family, your friends, your shelter, your possessions, your health, and your faith!
Habit #2: A thankful person shows restraint with arguing and complaining.
Life can be challenging and unforgiving at times. While it is healthy to express your unhappiness and honest feelings, it is counterproductive to argue with others or complain regularly about your life. Especially if you are not coming up with workable solutions to your problems!
Habit #3: A thankful person says “thank you” before they ask for anything.
We live in a culture where we are hyper-focused on our own needs and we are constantly making demands and acting entitled. Our wish-lists are longer than our gratitude-lists! In prayer, we are taught to say “thank you” before we ask God for anything. We should practice this in our day-to-day lives as well. Instead of demanding things from people, we should begin saying “thank you” more often.
Habit #4: A thankful person sees the good in bad. The purpose in pain. The gain in loss.
Let’s get one thing straight. Bad things are going to happen in life. Everyone will experience some pain in life. And everyone will lose something in life. The difference between a grateful person and a disgruntled person is that a grateful person will find the positives in any situation in life. It’s not that they ignore the bad, they just don’t give it too much attention.
Habit #5: A thankful person seeks and has positive relationships with others.
Thankful people tend to have more fruitful relationships. Why?—-Because they are not always complaining, gossiping, or criticizing others. They are always focused on complimenting others, building up others, thanking others, and praying for others. If you want more meaningful relationships with others, you have to be the type of person others want to be around—–a thankful person!
We pray that everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!!!!