With Thanksgiving only being a few weeks away, I felt this would be a good opportunity for a few pondering thoughts. The reason for Thanksgiving is to remember all of the people, places and things we have to be grateful for. That’s not always as easy because people tend to remember the bad and negative much more often than the good and positive. We should all try to make thankfulness an everyday habit.
Try to think of all the good that happens out of something bad happening first. For example, if that driver in front of me wasn’t going so slowly, I might have gotten a speeding ticket. Try not to focus so much on what you don’t have and be thankful for the items that you do have. For example, I am so fortunate to have a warm place to sleep in the winter. Think about people who have had a positive influence in your life and made you thankful for their existence. Think about people who have made your life difficult and then think about what you have accomplished because of them. For example, you finished or completed a project because they simply said you couldn’t. Think about the pets that have given you joy and brought endless smiles to your face. Think about the places in your life that make you smile and give thanks for those places.
If you know someone who is unhappy or always seems to be sad, giving him or her a simple smile and a kind word can make all the difference in the world. Letting others know when they have done something that you’re thankful for can mean a lot. For example, just saying, “that e-mail you sent really made my day,” is meaningful to the sender. An attitude of gratitude spreads like ripples from a tossed pebble, benefiting all it touches. Remember that hard times make good times sweeter.
Giving thanks is a powerful tool that can dramatically improve your life and the lives of those around you.