Wednesday, December 1, 2010

How Thankfulness Changes our Hearts

Since last week was Thanksgiving, we have been reflecting on the things that we were thankful for. This should not only happen throughout the holiday season but throughout the entire year. This two part article (Part 1, Part 2) shows how a constant heart of thankfulness can change our entire outlook throughout the year, and give us an attitude of gratitude. This article also goes along with the book we have been reading Telling Yourself the Truth. It makes a point for us to have an attitude of thankfulness, and that helps us put our priorities in order. It makes us relies that what  we may consider as needs may most often be wants and desire. However, we feel that if we do not get those things that we are less of a person or it makes us uncomfortable. This does not only happen throughout the holidays, but throughout the entire year. However, if we keep an attitude of thankfulness, then our entire outlook will change. So, as we enter this years holiday season, may we not forget to have an attitude of thankfulness, and let it carry out throughout the rest of the year. It will give us a better outlook on life, and it will also function better physically, spiritually, and emotionally.


  1. I agree that if we have a thankful attitude instead of an "i want" or "give me" attitude, we will be happier. This is a lesson that I have learned over the past few years. I realized that when I am thankful with all that God has blessed me with, I want less. When I notice myself having a selfish attitude, I try to thank God for what I do have and that helps me stay on track.

  2. A heart of gratitude will go a long way for an individual in life. I read an article last week I believe about how being in a constant state of thankfulness has its benefits. Not only does it help us appreciate God more, it helps have a better attitude and lifted spirits. Thankfulness is something we should be reminded to do once a year. It should be on our lip constantly because of the miracles that happen in our lives every day.

  3. Great post Julie! One of the biggest problems we are facing today is that of living with a sense of entitlement. A couple of weeks ago, there was a rabbi on Glenn Beck who made an interesting point. He said that we have been creating a generation of children who feel entitled to having certain things, and they feel that they deserve things just because. He also goes on to explain that we have robbed our children of the privilege and opportunity to give thanks and be appreciative for what they have. Entitlements are what has made people become ungrateful. So, in order to fight off this attitude of entitlement, we need to learn to have an "attitude of gratitude."


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