I have and will always put more importance into the day of thanks than the $5 movies I will get later that night at Target.
A practice I learned this year (or was it last year?) is to switch one word in every action sentence into "get." For example, you can either say "I want (or deserve) a drink of water" to "I get to drink water." Everything in your life from being able to look at a pretty flower to the ability for you to read, you GET to do. You're not entitled to it just as much as I am. Everything we do is a gift we need to give thanks to.
Notice the small things throughout your day and give thanks:
- When you work a hard homework problem and finally get the right answer.
- The way little kids laugh.
- An inspirational video online.
- The cold morning you have been waiting for patiently through the hot days.
I hope you see my point.
Give thanks to the small things that bring you happiness. And remember that nothing is just given to you easily, you GET to do those things.