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Are you thankful?

One sunny afternoon, on our weekly luncheon, I noticed my friend being extremely negative, more than normal.  She was going through some health issues, so I understood her pain, but not her need to constantly complain. Throughout our lunch, she consistently spoke about everything bad that was happening in her life and her friends lives!  She did not have one good or happy event to talk about!  Finally, getting frustrated, I simply asked her, “Can’t you find one thing to be happy about, one thing to be grateful for?”  To my surprise she actually said, “No.”  Sitting across from her, all I could say was “Wow, really?”

So this woman, who has everything a person could possibly want or need, could not find one thing to be grateful for. That blew my mind.  I stared at her, bewildered.  Then I began to spew a bunch of things in her life that she should be grateful for:  her family, friends, a roof over her head, food on the table  It was like I was talking to a teenager.  

That was when I realized how important it is to be thankful everyday, to be grateful, especially when things are going bad.  It’s the key to happiness! She’s not happy because she doesn’t realize how wonderful her life really is. I imagine there are many people who feel the same way she does. It breaks my heart to think that if only they could feel gratitude for something. It might change their lives. 

Every morning when I get out of bed, I’m thankful for that, just being able to get out of bed! That may sound silly, but how many people cannot get out of bed? I’m thankful for being able to go into my bathroom with running water and electricity, and to think, that was handed to me. I didn’t have to walk to a well to get my water!  Just a flick of the switch and I have lights!  I’m thankful I can go into my refrigerator and make something healthy to eat with the food I bought in a grocery store a mile from my home. I’m thankful for the clothes that I put on, that I didn’t have to sew a stitch!  I could go on and on about everything in my life, because I am extremely thankful for it all! It’s hard NOT to find something to be grateful for everyday.



The art of gratitude, and I say art because, it is a skill that has to be learned for some. It changes your perspective on life. It brings you back to reality, to appreciate everything that you HAVE, not what you don’t have.  Your mind can only focus on one thing at a time. When you’re grateful, you’re happy and that brings you into a better state of mind.

It only takes a few minutes throughout your day to stop, look around you, and think of a handful of things to be grateful for.

Practicing this has changed my life.  It has brought me peace, and it has brought me happiness. Most importantly, it has made me a better person.