On the Nature of Thankfulness

This is a re-publication of an early post; it is an oldie, but a goodie…

Some Thoughts on the Nature of Thankfulness…

  • Thankfulness is vitally linked to happiness.
    • “Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.”

– Joseph Wood Krutch

  • Thankfulness is the only basis for true contentment.
    • Thankfulness sees the glass half full.
    • Only the thankful can experience satisfaction.
  • Thankfulness is the proper center of memory. (See, e.g. Psalm 107)
    • To be ungrateful is to be forgetful.
  • Thankfulness is the partner of humility.
    • When we say ‘thank you’ to someone, we acknowledge our indebtedness to them. We confess them as our benefactor.
    • Thankfulness flows upward. God never thanks us.
    • The wicked and proud heart despises thankfulness as a weakness.
    • “Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs.”

– Joseph Stalin

  • Thankfulness is fundamental for intellectual virtue.
    • One cannot be a truly good thinker without being observant.
    • Thankful people see more. And the more they see, the more thankful they are. And the more thankful they are, the more they see!
    • Ungrateful people are blind to the most obvious of facts.
    • Romans 1:18-22
  • Thankfulness focuses on the giver, not the gift.
    • Thankfulness assumes that someone – a giver – is there. Otherwise, it would just be called gladness.
    • This is a great way to have the Thanksgiving holiday begin to prepare our hearts for Christmas.
  • Thankfulness is central to the Christian life.
    • Colossians 3:15-17
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