Life can be challenging and full of unexpected big obstacles. It’s not easy to have a positive way of thinking and look for the silver lining when it seems like everyone and everything is out to get us. When horrible things are happening to you, why should you be thankful? Because it is in times of difficulty that we can benefit the most from adopting a thankful attitude. 

Gratitude can be a source of renewed enthusiasm in the face of discouragement. Feeling grateful can mend shattered hearts. Gratitude may revive faith even in the darkest of times. When times are tough, it might help to practice gratitude. Finding ways to be thankful even in the darkest moments can give us hope and strength to push through. 

Here are some ideas on how to begin expressing gratitude in your life:

  1. Make an effort to notice the good.

There is an abundance of “good” in your life. You could gain a lot  from taking a few moments each day to pause and be thankful for what you have, what happened to you, and the kind people you are surrounded by. Ask God what His message is for you today. It’s difficult initially, but once you get into the habit of looking at the positive side, you will begin to notice all the good things you should be appreciative of in your life. 

  1. Learn to Look at Bad Situations From Different Perspectives

Instead of perceiving yourself as helplessly trapped in a poor situation, consider what you can learn from it. This could be a chance for you to learn something new, stretch your horizons, and become a more well-rounded person. It’s also possible that this is a lesson in accepting whatever comes your way with composure and humility. If you’re struggling to overcome an obstacle, take a few steps back and look at the problem from another point of view. Look for the positive in each situation and use it to move forward.

  1. Adjust Your Expectations

“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.” ― Stephen W. Hawking

It can be challenging to adjust your expectations. It often requires you to cross-examine what you think you know about the world and accept that situations might not go the way you want. We all have different skills and resources, so what’s effective for others might not be effective for you. That’s why sometimes it’s necessary to step back, look at the situation realistically, and adjust your expectations accordingly. Keep in mind that we’re only human and make mistakes. Putting unrealistic standards on yourself or others will only lead to disappointments. 

  1. Celebrate the Little Things

Little things add up to a lifetime, and it’s important to be able to take pleasure in the little things as a means of maintaining positivity when circumstances are tough. Take a moment to enjoy the scenery—stop to smell the roses, watch the sunset, or gaze at the stars. These occurrences may not endure long, but they can leave a lasting mark on your heart.

  1. Surround Yourself With Grateful People

One’s closest friends and family members can have a significant impact on one’s outlook, disposition, and actions. So, surround yourself with grateful individuals if you want to feel more thankful. When you surround yourself with thankful individuals, you are immersed in a sea of happiness and encouragement. As a result, You will feel energized to do your best in all that you undertake and be grateful for the abundant gifts you have been blessed with.


Things happen that we can’t change, and that’s the reality we have to face every day. That doesn’t mean a victory isn’t achieved in the process. You create your own reality in this life. No matter how difficult the path may have been, being thankful for what you’ve learned and grown from in the end can make all the difference. If you’re looking for more motivation to get you through tough moments, check out the Bible Portal.