Not More Grateful This Thanksgiving

Not More Grateful
 This Thanksgiving

By Michael Angier

Note: This challenging, encouraging and inspiring story is by Michael Angier of He sent it to me on the day before Thanksgiving, 2018. I hope it will be as helpful to you as it is to me.

....we will be celebrating Thanksgiving--my favorite holiday. But I won’t be any more grateful on Thanksgiving than I am on any other day. Maybe a little more focused on gratefulness but not really any more grateful.

Practice Gratefulness Every Day

You see, I PRACTICE gratefulness EVERY day. And I didn’t do it only when my life was as great as it is now. I did it when I was broke, divorced, bankrupt and unclear about what to do or where to Because I’m a firm believer that when you appreciate what you have, you will have even more to appreciate.

What You Focus on Expands

Because what you focus on expands. Focus on what you don’t have and you have more of that. Focus on what you have and more will be attracted. 

When I was down and out with no money and few prospects (more than once), I was grateful I had a place to live, had never been imprisoned, brutalized or had a life-threatening disease. I focused on the good things I had.

Doing your Gratefuls

Today, as my life is better than it’s ever been, I practice a daily ritual. I call it doing my gratefuls and I incorporate it into my routine. 

I encourage you to do the same. If you pray, include it in your prayers If you exercise, think about the things for which you have to be grateful while you are exercising. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. And in doing so you grow a grateful heart. Your gratefulness becomes part of you.

Practice Gratefulness

If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, I wish you a happy one. Hopefully you are celebrating with family and friends. And even if you’re not celebrating, practice gratefulness anyway. Making gratefulness part of your nature will make you healthier. You’ll have less worry. You’ll be less bothered by those things that could irritate or upset you. And you’ll be happier, I promise you.

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About the Author Larry Frazier

Larry spent 24 years teaching music at the University of West Georgia to over 6,000 students. Ten years ago, Larry and his wife Mary Lynn, received comfort, support and inspiration from traditional Christian hymns while she overcame stage-three colon cancer. Larry is on a mission to help you discover God’s incredible power through the intersection of faith and Christian music in your life.