“In all things, give thanks!” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
1. Use a thankful jar/book
Take 1 minute every morning and write down something (or someone) that you are thankful for, try to not repeat to much. This could be a person, character trait, specific opportunity, physical object, or anything else you can think of. This is a great everyday reminder that you are blessed by something, and in fact, many things. Find or make a fun book or jar to put them in so that you can go back on days you may need a little extra encouragement, and look at all the blessings you have in your life.
2. Tell someone you are thankful for them
Schedules get so busy and sometimes it is hard to just take time to be with other people. Make an intentional effort every week to tell someone specifically why you are thankful for them. It would be wonderful if this could happen face to face, but sending them a handwritten card would also be a great option. This can be intimidating but the more you do it, the better it will feel. Just think about how it will bless those you love!
3. Serve others
It is very difficult to grumble about one’s own life or circumstances when you are serving other people. God has commanded us in the Bible to humble ourselves and put others before ourselves (Phil 2:3). Find a place in your church or in your community where you can serve someone who is perhaps less fortunate than you. This will help you feel more grateful for what you have, instead of falling into the easy trap of taking them for granted.
4. Make crafts
Maybe you are a very creative person or enjoy making “projects”. Think about a cute idea that would encourage you to be thankful every time you look at it. Maybe this could look like a poster board that reads “Always be thankful” or maybe it could be a wood pallet that was primed and painted beautifully that reads “There’s always something to be thankful for”. Whatever wonderful idea you come up with, feel free to make more and pass them on as gifts. If you struggle to think of crafts on your own (like me) you can search the internet. This particular site has 30 craft ideas for the kids to help create as well.
5. Check your schedule
It is easier to start grumbling and complaining when you are tired, stressed, or busy. Take some time to sit down and truly evaluate your schedule. Are you to busy? Are you spreading yourself too thin? If so, find a way to cut back on the activities or responsibilities you have and take time to enjoy the blessings that God has so freely and graciously given us.