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OUR VIEW: Make gratitude a habit

As complaining becomes habitual, so does giving thanks

When someone asks him if his cup is half-full or half-empty, the author Sam Lefkowitz says, “My only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.”

That’s some sound wisdom to consider, even though Thanksgiving is now in the rear-view mirror. It’s not always evident to us the many blessings we have, but they are there for the recognizing if we simply hazard a look. It’s all in the attitude.

Today, and every day of the year, it’s important to give thanks for all things big and small. Give thanks even for your bad luck, as they say, because you never know how much it is protecting you from your worse luck.

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In this rush-around world we live in, all sorts of things present themselves for us to complain about. Griping comes easily for most of us, likely because there is so much to gripe about from day to day.

But as complaining becomes habitual, so does giving thanks.

Author Steve Goodier notes that “the more we express thanks, the more gratitude we feel. The more gratitude we feel, the more we express thanks. It’s circular, and it leads to a happier life.”

So does sharing – not just our opinions while driving, or on social media, but rather, sharing our blessings. As the preacher Westlake Taylor Purkiser pointed out, “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”

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