6 Ways to Develop Thankfulness In Our Heart

Are you finding yourself not so thankful these days? I completely understand how you feel, I’ve been there myself. We’re all facing different problems whether it be within our families, our finances, or just life in general. But you know, no matter what, we need to keep our focus on being thankful during those times. The spirit of thankfulness is not something that comes naturally; we’re human and being thankful at all times will be hard. We need to find ways to develop thankfulness in our heart.

Ways to Develop Thankfulness Thankful Journal – I can’t think of a better way to be reminded of what we are thankful for. Whether it is an actual journal, or a few lines in your Bible reading journal; writing down a few things you’re thankful for on a daily basis will help.  Thank You Notes – I’m a big advocate of writing Thank you notes. Yes, they take time, but the receiver will know you made the effort to share your thanks with them. Hand written is always best and will be appreciated more than an email.  Care Packages – we all know someone who would be happy with a surprise package. An elderly family member, friend, or neighbor, a college student, and even military personnel would love to receive a package made especially for them. Mints, lotions, snack foods, magazines, games, and socks are just a few items you could include. It doesn’t have to be full of expensive items because it’s coming from the heart.  Tell Another Person What They Mean to You – Encouraging words from others can brighten the day for a person. For some, they may be at a point in life to give up and hearing kind words about them will give them that bit of hope they need.  Focus on Real Life – I hate to tell you, but social media is not real life. Real life is what is going on around you right now. Turn off the electronics and focus on your home, children, and extended family members.  Share a Meal – Know a busy mother who could use an extra hour or two a day? Cooking a meal and sharing it with a family for a “just because” reason will open time up for her and it will give you a chance to help another family out.  While there are literally hundreds of ways to develop thankfulness in our heart, these six ways are rather simple enough to do on the spur of the moment.  Do you have any other ways to develop thankfulness you could share?



Ways to Develop Thankfulness

Thankful Journal – I can’t think of a better way to be reminded of what we are thankful for. Whether it is an actual journal, or a few lines in your Bible reading journal; writing down a few things you’re thankful for on a daily basis will help.
Thank You Notes – I’m a big advocate of writing Thank you notes. Yes, they take time, but the receiver will know you made the effort to share your thanks with them. Hand written is always best and will be appreciated more than an email.
Care Packages – we all know someone who would be happy with a surprise package. An elderly family member, friend, or neighbor, a college student, and even military personnel would love to receive a package made especially for them. Mints, lotions, snack foods, magazines, games, and socks are just a few items you could include. It doesn’t have to be full of expensive items because it’s coming from the heart.
Tell Another Person What They Mean to You – Encouraging words from others can brighten the day for a person. For some, they may be at a point in life to give up and hearing kind words about them will give them that bit of hope they need.
Focus on Real Life – I hate to tell you, but social media is not real life. Real life is what is going on around you right now. Turn off the electronics and focus on your home, children, and extended family members.
Share a Meal – Know a busy mother who could use an extra hour or two a day? Cooking a meal and sharing it with a family for a “just because” reason will open time up for her and it will give you a chance to help another family out.
While there are literally hundreds of ways to develop thankfulness in our heart, these six ways are rather simple enough to do on the spur of the moment.
Do you have any other ways to develop thankfulness you could share?

Are you finding yourself not thankful? 6 Ways to Develop Thankfulness in Our Heart. #thankful #spiritualgrowth

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  1. Lori, I love this! This time of year can really drain the thankfulness out of people. Thank you for sharing at a time when I need to be reminded.

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  2. Amen!!! Focus on Real Life!! Social media has made our vision a-skewed! This one hits home! I have caught myself in the comparison game instead of focusing on my blessings! What great ways to create a thankful heart!

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    1. Thanks, Katie. Social media has caused a lot of people to forget about real life and it's sad.

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  3. I love this and could not agree more! Wonderful list! I needed this reminder today.

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    1. Thanks, Keisha. I believe we all could benefit from it.

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  4. "Tell another person what they mean to you." I think we should do this more often than we do!

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    1. Yes, we should, Susan. I believe it would lift the spirits of those who really needed along with ours.

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  5. I love the idea of a thankfulness journal! This is such an important spiritual discipline, and it really does make us more joyful!

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    1. We would be more joyful, if we stopped and remembered all the blessings we've received. We truly are blessed. Thanks, Hannah.

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  6. What a great list! I love makes different care packages for people in various times of their life.

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    1. I received a little care package from a student one day. He told me it was to help me survive the week. Those mints, and candy bars along with some homemade cookies really did help me survive.:) Thanks, Melissa.

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  7. All of the things you mention are the things that make really make life good. Our little affectionate gestures are what make relationships fulfilling.

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    1. Thanks, Alice. When people realize life is not all about themselves, they become more aware of just how discontented they are.

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  8. Focusing on real life is so important!! When we take time to be thankful in the moment, everything changes, or at least our perception of it.

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    1. Yes, it does, Heather. We need to just pause and let real life catch up.

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  9. Care packages are my regular way of expressing gratitude ... Loved to read the rest of the ways too. Thankful heart is a joyful heart.

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    1. Yes, it is, Ann. When we become more alert to what really makes us happy, we find it's not about ourselves.

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  10. I have a couple of friends on a group text, where we exchange messages, "today I'm thankful for ..." I know there was a few times I was having a bad attitude day, and decided not to participate, but someone else started it anyway, so I 'found' something to be thankful for , and it turned the rest of my day around!

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    1. I love this idea, Aryn. All it takes is a simple finding to change our attitudes.

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  11. Love this! I've been trying to reach out with notecards. It can be challenging but when I do it, it's exciting! It sounds silly to say writing notecards is exciting but I find it to be true.

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    1. People love hand written notes/cards. While it is easier to send a text or email. A hand written note warms the heart.

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  12. We keep a jar with thankfulness notes which we keep all year long and then read them on New Year's Eve. Sometimes, when one of us has had a really bad day we go to the jar and read some of our notes to remind us that God is till God on the mountains and in the valleys. These are great ways to show thankfulness. I wrote an article that talked about if you are not grateful for something you will never be thankful for anything. Living in the United States is a good reason to be thankful compared to some other countries and the freedoms we are allowed to have and share.

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    1. Sheila, I love this idea being done on New Year's Eve. You are right, if we are not grateful we'll never be thankful.

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  13. Girl, say it again for the people in the back!
    "I hate to tell you, but social media is not real life. Real life is what is going on around you right now. Turn off the electronics and focus on your home, children, and extended family members." THIS. So much truth. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Thanks, Merry! Social media is something I've been working on for several months.

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  14. Hi Lori! We really do get depressed by what we are going through but the advice you give in this post is quite helpful. I particularly like the admonition about the social media and blessing someone else. Interacting with others like that helps us to get a better perspective. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Edith. When we take the focus off of ourselves, it opens a window of opportunity.

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