Be aggressively thankful. When it comes to living, do you take thing for granted or take them with gratitude? Thanksgiving is the attitude of a productive life.

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. How long has it been since you thanked those closest to you? The person who isn’t thankful for what he’s got isn’t likely to be thankful for what he is going to get. Ingratitude never ends.

“Attitudes sour in the life that is closed to thankfulness. Soon selfish attitude takes over, closing life to better things” (C. Neil Strait). The person who forgets the language of gratitude will never find themselves on speaking terms with happiness.

Thanksgiving, you will find, creates power in your life because it opens the generators of your heart to respond gratefully, to receive joyfully and to react creatively. William Ward spoke wisely: “There are three enemies of personal peace: regrets over yesterday’s mistakes, anxiety over tomorrow’s problems and ingratitude for today’s blessing.”

We all have a lot to be thankful for. For example: No matter what house you live in, wouldn’t you rather be there than the best hospital in you city? If you can’t be satisfied with what you’ve reached, be thankful for what you have escaped.

Count your blessings at every opportunity. Take some time today to reflect on all you have to be thankful for. The words think and thank come from the same Latin root. If we take time to think more, we will undoubtedly thank more.

I like what Dwight L. Moody said: “Be humble or you will stumble.” There is an inescapable relationship between pride and ingratitude. Henry Ward Beecher pointed out, “A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.”

Don’t be a person who has a highly developed instinct for being unhappy. The best rule is: whatever you are given, gratefully receive it. When you spend your time thanking others for the good things, there won’t be any time left to complain about the bad.

Find fifty things to be thankful for today. As you do, creative ideas will spring forth as a result of the mental conversation you are having with yourself. One of the best ways to generate momentum and opportunities is to sit down and write a thank you note to people who have influenced your life.

The most highly satisfied life can be found in being thankful. Appreciative words are one of the most powerful forces for good on the earth. Thankful words don’t cost much, yet they accomplish so much. So, count your blessings; don’t discount them.


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