I don’t know who came up with the phrase “have an attitude of gratitude,” but it rhymes, it’s concise, and it’s wise, so in my book, that makes it a nice saying. I saw something on Tumblr one time that listed the habits you must quit in order to be happy. One of those habits was “being ungrateful.”
It’s easy to take for granted what we have, even the very basic things. It’s easy to fall into the trap of “I wish I had what so-and-so has.” It’s so easy to whine self-indulgently about trifling things and ignore the fact that there are those who have suffered and who have not complained.
An “attitude of gratitude” must be cultivated; being grateful has to become a habit, just as being ungrateful can also become habitual. Every day you should recall what you are thankful for, even if it’s something as small and seemingly insignificant as your morning cup of coffee or seeing a smile on the face of someone who rarely seems happy.
There are many people who count their blessings daily by writing them in their journal or saying them out loud. These are the people who have cultivated their grateful attitudes. Whether we’re Americans or not, Thanksgiving is a good time to think about not just what we are grateful for on this particular day, but to think about how we can continue to be grateful every day.