When you show up at Aldi with a quarter for the cart AND bags, you know it’s a good day.

That was not today.

Once I discovered my Aldi quarter was missing from my car coin tray, I headed toward the store, while also digging in my purse for a stray quarter. I noticed a woman watching me, with a “bless her heart” look on her face. She brought her cart over to me and motioned that I could have it. I expressed my sincere gratitude and told her I would also give the cart to someone else when I left the store.

Why does it seem that as the calendar turns to November, we suddenly become more intentional about kindness and gratitude? We recognize and acknowledge our blessings more often. We look for opportunities to help others. We might even smile and wave to our neighbors. Then January rolls around and we slip back into our old ways, turning our head and taking our quarter out of the cart.

Being a kind and grateful person should be a lifestyle, not just a holiday feel-good thing. What can we do to exhibit those qualities every single day? Here are a few things to consider:

PRAY regularly and thank God for all that He has done for you and given to you. Be specific. Talk to him during the day as you encounter the blessings in your life, big and small. When you realize how much you have to be thankful for, the joy you experience will overflow to all areas of your life

REMEMBER that God loves you so much that He sent His son Jesus to die for you so that you can have eternal life. Knowing that your future is secure is worthy of gratitude every day.

EXPRESS your gratefulness by showing everyone who Jesus is by the way you love them.

Living a life of gratitude can be life-changing for you and those around you. Make a choice to live like it’s Thanksgiving every single day!

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.” (Psalm 100:4)