Why all the thanks? Because I have so much to be grateful for.
I could write a long list of the things I am thankful for but that would bore you. Instead I'm going to suggest a four ways to develop an "Attitude of Gratitude"
1) Say "Thank you" every day. Keep your eyes, ears and heart open and you will find someone to thank. Don't get so caught up in the busyness of work and life that you don't see the people around you.
2) Write a gratitude list while you are having your first coffee or breakfast. List the things you are grateful for. Don't worry about the length of your list. Interestingly enough over a few days your list will grow. Some people say that they feel more energized and upbeat when they do this.
3) Keep a gratitude journal. Write in your journal at the end of the day, before going to sleep. It has been reported that people who this sleep better.
4) Send someone who has been nice to you a thank you card or note. Sharing gratitude like this makes people feel better.
My life is not perfect. I have challenges and struggles every day. My wonderful wife and I don't always see eye to eye on things. I need to work on my "Attitude of Gratitude" at times. But... even when things are rough and I'm feeling down I can find something to be grateful for.
"Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The quick answer is that I have a choice. I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I chose gratitude." Nick Vujicic www.lifewithoutlimbs.org
"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little at least we didn't get sick and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so let us all be thankful." Buddha
Thank you for taking the time to read this posting.