From the book Equilibrium: 31 Ways to Stay Balanced on Life’s Uneven Surfaces.

Giving thanks might come easy some days. 

Many days—or often it might seem like most days—maintaining a thankful attitude isn’t simple. 

But we can make it intentional. It helps to practice the many steps included in Equilibrium

Remember, it’s about balance on uneven surfaces. So, we shouldn’t deny our hurt. Nor should we avoid relationships because of hurt. It is best to address the pain and believe in a Heavenly Father who encourages us when all hope feels distant. 

In a world of negativity and complaints, we should work to notice the good around us. Not in denial of the bad but balancing that pessimism with positive discourse. 

So, what can we do to become better at giving thanks? 

* Give thanks alone. 

Start when you wake up. Begin the day by mentally and spiritually giving thanks for good things around you. When no one else is listening, realize the positives around you. When only God is listening, thank Him for His love. State and write and sing your thankfulness. 

* Give thanks in groups. 

Continue that mood when in groups. Be sincere as you say these two important words, “Thank you.” Mean what you state and sing during times of praise. Churches should not be places of conflict and division. Nor should they just be places of growth and impressive services. They should be families of people choosing to give thanks to God together. 

* Give thanks regularly, no matter how you feel.  

I’m not asking you to lie. I want you to offer thanks sincerely. But I also don’t want you to wait until you feel like giving thanks. It is a choice you make. Give thanks often, no matter what the situation or the weather or the emotions tell you to do.