Attitude of Gratitude
There are so many things to be grateful for: the air we breathe, our lives, our families, our experiences, and salvation! Yet, either because it is human nature to take things for granted, or because our lives tend to be so busy on a day-to-day basis, we often forget to show our appreciation to others, and sometimes even to God. The following is a list of simple ways to express gratitude to others, be it God, your loved ones, or even strangers. Expressing your attitude of gratitude releases cheer and kindness to those around you in a manner that will surely make somebody’s day!
- Gratitude Prayers: Have you ever prayed to God without asking for anything? Try it. Make a list of all the things He has blessed you with, from the roof over your head, to a recent promotion, or current challenge that is drawing you closer to Him. Take a few moments and just thank Him for all He has done for you.
- Volunteer: Another way to show God how much you appreciate His blessings is by volunteering your time being His hands and feet. Whether at church or in the community, volunteers are always needed. Churches often struggle to find Sabbath School teachers and non profits are desperate for help sorting donations.
- Pay it forward: Ever had someone pay for your order in a drive-thru lane? What a neat surprise to pull up and see your bill has been settled! Paying it forward is doing something anonymously or in way that can't be repaid. Consider paying for another table, buying fundraising cookies, or assisting a stranger with a flat tire.
- Words of Affirmation: Famously discussed in the book The 5 Love Languages, verbal affirmation is a great way to show your appreciation. Thoughtfully express to your spouse how much you value them. Tell your family why they matter to you. Does your pastor, mentor, or parent know how much they mean to you?
- Thank You Notes: They still work! This tried-and-true method still moves people. Very few people send mail these days, much less handwritten letters. Has someone done something kind for you lately? Consider sending them a handwritten thank you note and furthering the warm sentiment.
- Gift Your Gift: Are you a talented cook, woodworker, or wordsmith? Many of us are gifted in creating, sewing, baking, building, etc. Consider gifting your gift for no reason at all. Bake cookies for a friend, crochet a blanket for the expectant mom in your neighborhood, build a bookcase for a teacher’s classroom. Try it!
- Generous Gestures: Consider leaving a tip that is more hefty than normal. Have you been considering making a specific donation? Don’t wait, make a difference today! Generosity isn’t limited to finances, either. Be generous in your affections, compliments, help, and time—especially if you are usually on the go.