I like looking in the Bible and seeing how many times a word comes up. I feel that this can indicate how important God thinks that topic is. Today is the holiday of Thanksgiving, so I looked in the Bible (through the wonders of computer programs) and found that words containing "thanks" appear 110 times.
Sometimes when things are going really bad in our lives, we have a hard time finding anything to be thankful for. It can be very hard to look to God and find something to thank Him for. Yet that's probably the best thing for us to do. It's easy to be thankful in the good times. But when times are tough, and we take the time to seek out something to be thankful for, we can focus on that bright spot.
The brightest spot of all is God Himself. No matter what else is happening, we can thank Him for who He is. He is gracious, loving, merciful, powerful, and focused on wanting the best for us. So today take some time to thank God for at least one thing in your life.