When life is hard, it's easy to get cynical — to focus on what God hasn't done rather than what He has done. The result is a glass-half-empty perspective that keeps getting worse; the more we look at the empty half of the glass, the emptier the whole thing looks. Gratitude may be the only way to get out of that downward spiral. The act of giving thanks has a transforming effect. It's an intentional focus on what God has already done. When we choose to give thanks, we are aligning ourselves with truth and fulfilling God's will. Gratitude reverses the negative snowball effect and spins it in the opposite direction. The result is a growing awareness of God's gifts and an increasing sense of His presence.