Thankful for Thanks

thankful for thanks

We have a lot to be thankful for, but I wonder how many people have taken the time to be thankful for thanks.

More importantly, how many people know how to use it to make their lives more valuable?

So Much to Be Thankful For

Most of us have a lot to be thankful for. We’ve been blessed with nice homes, people we love, and food on the table.

Even those of us that struggle with some of those things have things to be thankful for. We have air in our lungs. We have the ability to read this. We have intelligence enough to understand it.

No matter where we are, we have things to be thankful for, but how many of us have taken the time to be thankful for thanks?

The Act Itself

Few people realize the benefits of being thankful. People who are thankful are happier. They see more possibilities. They are more gracious and therefore more well liked.

We may not realize the value of the act of being thankful, but being thankful for thanks should be something we not only consider, but appreciate.

Here’s how we can use it to make life more worthwhile.

Thankful for Thanks

There are three simple steps to using thanks to make your life more meaningful.

  • 5 Things Daily: The first step is to be thankful for five things. Every day think of five things that you’re thankful for. Make this a habit.
  • First and Last Thing: If you want to be a gratitude ninja, then come up with five things you’re thankful for first thing you do when you get up and as the last thing you do before you go to bed. This puts your active thoughts and restful thoughts in the right frame of mind.
  • Give Thanks for Annoyances: If you really want to make the most of it, be thankful for the things that bring you grief. Have to shovel snow? Be thankful for the exercise. Have to drop everything to run an errand? Be thankful for the break in the day. Turning negatives into positives is a gratitude superpower.

If you want to find a richer and more joy-filled life, be thankful for thanks. Try it. You’ll thank me.

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