Have a Grateful Thanksgiving!

by Lisa Graham on November 18, 2012

I can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving week!

Over the past several weeks we have been discussing worry, self-talk and imagination and how they affect our ability to achieve our goals.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to spend a few minutes talking about…well, being Thankful.

Have you ever noticed the happiest people are the most thankful?

Or, to say it another way…look at the unhappiest people you know…are they grateful people?

The happy people I know are grateful for the small things. Not that they don’t have troubles…they are just thankful the troubles aren’t worse and/or they are thankful for all the good things in their life.

The people I know that are unhappy can not find anything in their life that is good…they are treated unfairly, “everyone” does them wrong, everything that is wrong with their life is someone else’s fault.

As you think on the people you know…do you find this to be true, are happy people grateful?

Have you ever heard the saying, “A negative person can make a positive person negative but a positive person can’t make a negative person positive.”

What a tongue twister!

I heard that when I was in my 20′s and just couldn’t believe it was true…but….after another 20 years…I think it may be.

What do you think?  Is that a true statement?

So how do we keep the negative we encounter from bringing us down?  Oh, it would be great if we could avoid all negativity but, we can’t.

I think being grateful increases our chances of reaching our goals.  Grateful/happy people will see an obstacle and move around it…unhappy/ungrateful people will see an obstacle and use it as an excuse to be more unhappy and ungrateful.

Now, don’t get me wrong…we all have those moments when we are unhappy, mad, angry and overwhelmed but we usually bounce right back…some people never bounce back!

So, what are your tips for staying grateful?

For me….

I like to write down five things I’m thankful for every day.  Now, at first when I did this I would put my family or friends down every day.  Now, I don’t do that…once it goes on the thankful list…it isn’t repeated.

Some days I struggle, other days I may have 10 things.  My thankful list helps me look to the future with a since of optimism and awe rather than than worry and dread.

What are some things you are thankful for?  What are your tips for staying grateful?  Do the unhappy people you know tend to be ungrateful?

Thanks for sharing!


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  • http://www.threedimensionalvitality.com/ Ann Musico

    Great post Lisa and I have to say I would agree (unfortunately) that the statement you shared is true!  The people I know who are generally unhappy and ungrateful – tend to want to stay that way and will argue with anyone who tries to say otherwise!!  I begin my prayer time each morning thanking God before I even think about making any petitions.  I find it gets me in the right frame of mind to approach Him.  And since I write my prayers – it’s very similar to what you do although I don’t have a specific number I shoot for.  I am, of course, grateful for my family and friends (including you!! and the others I’ve met on 48 Days), for my health and for the wonderful life God has blessed me with. Wishing you and your family a truly blessed Thanksgiving.

    • lhgraham

      Ah, Ann…I love that you are grateful before petitioning! I’m not surprised, that is so you!
      I am very thankful for you too…you are such an example of health and faith!
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  • http://www.toodarnhappy.com/ Kim Hall

    Sometimes when I am in the company of someone who is really negative, I just give thanks I don’t share their point of view. :-)
    Yes. The unhappy people I know tend to be ungrateful. They seem to focus more on anger, jealousy, fear, power, and just plain irritation; anything other than the positive. I have worked with a couple of real negative folks, and their attitudes have always really astounded me. I just wonder how anyone can choose to live such a profoundly unhappy life.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Lisa!

    • lhgraham

      LOL, I love how you find something to be thankful for among the ungrateful! That is great!!
      I always feel a twinge of pain for them…for all they are missing out on! Thanks for chiming in, Kim!

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