Today I am thankful for a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I’m thankful for general conference and the chance to listen to his counsel. In fact, it was his talk last month that gave me the idea to do this little thanksgiving exercise. Because I have a testimony of our prophet, I want to do what he says. Below are just a few quotes from his talk, “The Divine Gift of Gratitude.” I hope I’m getting better at developing an attitude of gratitude; I do know already, however, that having a positive, thankful attitude makes life a lot happier.

My brothers and sisters, do we remember to give thanks for the blessings we receive? Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love.

My beloved friend President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “When you walk with gratitude, you do not walk with arrogance and conceit and egotism, you walk with a spirit of thanksgiving that is becoming to you and will bless your lives.”

We can lift ourselves and others as well when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude.

A grateful heart, then, comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives. This requires conscious effort—at least until we have truly learned and cultivated an attitude of gratitude.