All it required from me was to was stop all my doings, take a moment and reflect about my day and interactions with life. Every time I would feel at an immediate loss. But, I found as I continued in this reflecting mode filing through the zillion common ordinary seconds that suddenly something would stand out that had stirred thankfulness.
Some days it was somewhat profound but often it was just so very simple. Like our first cold snap of the year! I had been away from my apartment all day with the cold wind nipping at every part of me it could! I can't tell you how wonderful it felt when I opened my door to all the warmth of yes, my empty apartment. I thought of some who might be under a bridge somewhere on a cardboard pallet. I thought of another kind of coldness called hatred and the warmth of kind hearts. It has just occurred to me how it takes a negative to show the value of a positive. There is probably something mathematical to be said about that but I don't know what it is. However I do know something in the bible that goes along this line for a christian and was of course written way long before Jason Mraz had his realization that life can be wonderful. But a deeper truth is found in Romans 8:28 New Living Translation : And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Anyway over these past 28 days that I have made a point to find something I am thankful for I have noticed also how good it feels to share that with others. We are all reminded.
They say it takes 3 months to form a new habit and I hope to make daily thanksgiving a habitual thing in my life. You might think that articulating consciously true thankfulness on a daily basis might be troublesome. But most often at the end of the day when you search through the happenings of the day it will just pop into your mind. Thank God for it out loud or write it when you do or both! How many times a day do we feel appreciation as we revel in the warm fuzzies of life but don't express thankfulness.
Maybe you can give it a trial. And, happy thanksgiving, no matter what day it is.