I looked at research showing the top things for which Americans are thankful. Friends, family, health and job ranked near the top, but other items such as spouse, housing, life, music, God’s love and children also appeared. If someone asked us to list the top three things we are thankful for, responses may vary based upon our current circumstances. A genuine spirit of gratitude, however, transcends the ups and downs of life. I give thanks for all persons who bless our lives. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” ( I Thessalonians 5:16-18).