Do you truly know how to give thanks?

I was in church recently and at a point during the service, the preacher took charge. He started by asking everyone to stand up, wave their hands to the Lord and give thanks.

Well, that was not hard for me. I have been giving thanks every Sunday for as long as I remember, so I knew the words to keep my mouth busy. And that was when it struck me.

“I knew the words to keep my mouth busy!”

I know you don’t see it yet so I will explain it to you.

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. – Gilbert K. Chesterton Click To Tweet

Every day, every week, month and year, something happens to us that we ought to be thankful for. There is always that small gesture from a friend, that friendly hand that pulled us up when we fell and that face that smiled at us when we were tired.

It could be a free ride that saved you transport money, a co-worker that bought you lunch or a friend that shared their snack with you. Guess what? Most of the time, these are the things that go unappreciated.

You don't need the very big things to happen before you give thanks. Sometimes, appreciate all the little things Click To Tweet

While I was there in church, saying all of the things that came to my mind, I realised I was not giving thanks. Rather, I was reciting some words that I had said so much, they had become sort of a template in my mind. I had become a robot in the art of thanksgiving.

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Wake me up from a deep sleep, ask me to give thanks, and the chances are high that those are the things I would say. In short, I had forgotten how to give thanks.

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” – @TheZigZiglar Click To Tweet

That is the case with many of us today. Ask someone to give thanks and they just dive into it without much thought. You hear them being appreciative of things like their newborn baby, new car, food, health and all.

At this point, I should ask that you do not get me wrong. Before you stone me, I am not saying those things are not worthy of thanks. Far from it. What I am saying, however, is that they are the big things that you will easily remember, so they have probably become the only basis of your thanksgiving.

Instead of reeling out the things that have always been on your mind whenever you’re asked to give thanks, why not put deeper thought into it? Starting now, take a piece of paper, a pencil, and set some time aside. Believe me, it won't all come at once, but look over the past few days and try to remember the little things people have done for you.

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – @Oprah Click To Tweet

Try to remember the ‘luck’ that has come your way in that time too. As you go on with the list, you will uncover more things that you should consider adding yourself.

It doesn’t have to be finished in a day. Take as much time as you need. When you are done, go over the list again and see for yourself the things you have taken for granted. Look at all the little, beautiful things that you have pushed to the back of your mind.

You will find out that instead of giving thanks for just a perfect health, you could also be grateful for that friend who noticed you were losing weight and had you checked.

Ever since, I have made a conscious decision to keep track of all the little things. After all, has it not been said that it is little drops of water that make the mighty ocean?

Even 'luck' is a reason to give thanks. You couldn't have made it happen by yourself. Click To Tweet

Question: What are the 'little things' you are thankful for? Share with us in the comments

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