I had zero idea there was a difference between gratefulness and thankfulness until I saw this cheesy phrase and thought to myself- why are they saying both thankful AND grateful? The dictionary defines thankful as "pleased and relieved." Grateful is defined as "feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness." They do sound very similar even in definition but gratefulness seems to carry more of an action or having thankfulness with intention. You can be thankful without fully recognizing it and practicing gratitude.
Tis the season for thankfulness and gratefulness because if you are reading this- you have access to the internet, probably a smart phone and you're concerned about how your health could impact the purpose you have in life instead of worrying about food, shelter and safety. You are blessed. (I'm saying this to myself too.)
So, in effort to not only be thankful but to be grateful- take a few minutes to name as many things as you can that you're grateful for and then express that gratitude. Whether that be texting or calling someone to tell them they made the list or sharing your list on social media, spread the attitude of gratitude!
My list includes: headphones, coffee, fall leaves, planners, technology, car, house, my kids getting to grow up around family (esp cousins), being a momma, salvation in Jesus, running shoes, hoodies, leggings, norwex mop, coworkers, freedom, Juice Plus, ability to exercise, good smelling candles, prayer, quiet mornings, new roof, sunrise, sunset, stars... I could go on and on.
Now it's your turn. What makes you thankful, grateful and blessed? Practicing gratitude should be something you do at least once a day. The next time you're having a "bad" day try finding the good- the things you're grateful for and meditate on the good.
Philippians 4:8 says "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."