It is late on the eve of Thanksgiving Day. I am deep into preparations for celebrating this national holiday. I am grateful for the opportunity to take a day to express my gratitude for the many blessings I receive. As I was pondering about what I could write, I came upon an article “Five Simple Ways to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude” by David A. Christensen. I found his suggestions very helpful.
Mr. Christensen began his article: “Our attitude is defined by the way we think and feel about life. It all begins with the way we see the world – which triggers a reaction, response, or behavior. Developing an `attitude of gratitude,’ or seeing the world in such a way that spawns a thankful heart, produces many positive results.
“Studies in what has become known as the `science of gratitude,’ show that being grateful helps us feel more alive, promotes better sleep, fortifies our immune system, and even influences our looks. In short, grateful people are friendlier, healthier, happier, and even more attractive.
“If you’re having trouble developing this habit in your life, then here are five suggestions to help you master an attitude of gratitude: (1) Develop the habit of `looking up.’ … (2) Start a gratitude journal or a tender mercy board in your home…. (3) Make a list of all the people you are grateful for…. (4) Make a list of all the enriching experiences in your life…. (5) Make a list of people you need to forgive….”
I recommend this article to all who would like to become more grateful for the tender mercies God gives to them as well as the gifts given by our fellowman. The author gives some good ideas on how to develop an “attitude of gratitude” and become “friendlier, healthier, happier, and even more attractive.” What is there to not like in any of that!