Most folks would say they have a lot to be thankful for. That is a lot different than having the attitude of thankfulness on a daily basis. At Thanksgiving dinners my Dad would always say, “Everyday we should be thankful and be nice to people and have good things to eat”. But I think the next day after Thanksgiving, many people forget.
OK - so how would one develop an attitude of thankfulness?
First thing would be to make a simple list of the things you are thankful for, and lay it where you can see it and read it every day. You could scotch tape it to the bathroom mirror. If you share a bathroom with someone you love, then list in the note, that you are thankful you met them, and then they will smile each time they see it.
Now it’s very important that that you act out being thankful during the course of the day. If you are a Believer, and you pray, a good thing to do is start by telling God all that you have to be thankful for at the beginning of the day.
We can carry that attitude throughout the day by praying before we eat a meal. It’s very easy to pray a sincere quick prayer of thankfulness. Then during the day look for ways to be thankful for things. Then on into the evening, you can tell those you love, that you indeed do love them, that you appreciate them - that you are thankful for them in your life.
I highly recommend sending thank you notes; that also helps you keep an attitude of thankfulness.
After you go around with a thankful attitude for a while, you will start to notice that there are fewer and fewer people in your circle that have this attitude. Sometimes you just need to make new friends and let me tell you - finding a new friend that also has an attitude of thankfulness is like a warm, balmy, refreshing, southern breeze, blowing on a spring day.
As you start to work on, and develop your own attitude of thankfulness, you will quickly notice that ungratefulness is an ugly trait in a person - and you will become even more determined than ever, to make sure you always have the attitude of thankfulness.
It’s an easy thing to do - cultivate an attitude of thankfulness, but it’s also easy not to do.