Linguists tell us that the words "think" and "thank" come from the same root. Thoughtfulness and thankfulness are much closer than we might have expected. A thoughtful person, it would appear, can't help but be a thankful person. Likewise, thoughtless people are likely not very thankful.
Think about it . . . how many things do you have to be thankful for? A list of them all would surely be longer than a list of the things we might have to gripe about. As the Psalmist writes, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. . . ." Forget not: in other words, remember. Think about all God has done for you.
A Christian mystic named Meister Eckhardt once said, "If the only prayer you ever learn to say is "thank you," it will be enough." It's a short prayer, easy to remember, and one we can, and if you think about it, should say every day. Because in the end, thanksgiving is more than a holiday; it's a habit of the heart.