There are lots of studies that show keeping a gratitude journal or having a time each week you thank God for all He’s done has a powerful effect on people. If we all did that stuff, we’d all be happier. But I know how life is. Most of us are just too distracted and busy. So here is my suggestion for you: every time you find yourself complaining, use that moment to thank God for something. If your knee hurts, give thanks that you can walk. Being able to walk is a gift. If your car needs a repair, and you find yourself getting angry, give thanks to God that you have a car to take you places. Having a car is a gift. When your kids will not give you any personal space, give thanks that they are not yet teenagers who never come out of their rooms. And when they are teens in their room, give thanks that they are home, and not off living their own life yet. And when they are living their own life, give thanks you all made it through their teen years without killing anyone. When you wake up and need to go to work for another week, give thanks that God provides. If you’re struggling to find work, thank God for the time and the rest as you pray for work. Work and rest are both gifts. Even in the worst problems you can thank God for showing up and giving you strength to handle it. Pretty soon gratitude will begin to transform your attitude. Life will become more of a gift. And you will come to know and love the giver of that gift.