This song “Thankful” — by singer-songwriter-pastor Cliff Adelman — has meant much to me and many others for a lot of years. It’s a “thankful list” set to music. Please give it a sing-along listen, then come back for more on benefits of being thankful. You might be surprised to learn how much good being thankful does.

Why be thankful?

When it comes to God’s goodness to us, our reasons for thankfulness can never be exhausted. Thanks be to Him, always and ever!

But our cup runneth over. Being thankful also reflects blessings back to us.

Headline: God designed us so that we benefit from being thankful.

Really! Studies have shown that being thankful benefits people in many ways, including:

  • SOCIALLY –  thankful people have more and deeper friendships, healthier marriages, and higher self-esteem
  • EMOTIONALLY – thankful people have less envy, are more relaxed, more resilient, and have happier memories
  • MENTALLY – thankful people show better goal achievement , and improved decision making
  • PHYSICALLY – Thankful people have improved sleep, less illness, and increased energy

Worth the effort

Sad but true, we often need to remember to give thanks. IDEA: Grab paper and pencil, take 10 minutes, and WRITE. Quickly scrawl every reason you can think of to be thankful. If you will pick up your thankful list and read through it every day for 21 days, you just might be amazed at changes in you and changes around you. (Even better if you can get someone in your family or a friend to join with you for the 21-day experiment.) Give it a try.

No easier way to brighten a day, a room or a life than simply being thankful.

God bless you lots!

-Dale R.

LYRICS: Thankful
Song by Cliff Adelman

Lord God, I’m so thankful for,
Thankful for all Your love for me.
Lord God, I’m so thankful for
Calling me to Your family.

1. Thank You for each new morning
Thank You for each new night
Thank You for Your goodness,
Your power and Your light.

2. Thank You for forgiveness,
Thank You for Your Son.
Thank You for Your freedom,
The victory has been won.

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Video and notes first posted November 26, 2019. Reposted November 22, 2023 with minor updates to notes.

7 Replies to “Thankful”

  1. Julia Witchard

    Good evening Mr Dale, “THANKFUL”…..RE-COMMENTING ON BEING THANKFUL” AND THE QUESTION,”WHY” ….NOW THAT’S A TRILLION DOLLAR QUESTION”…….I wanted to add why should we be “THANKFUL”, AGAIN. we should be thankful for our families that surrounds us on this holiday season..or the food that we so readily take -in……bellies full, ready to gossip or sleep it off…. it’s all to be thankful for…or. GRATEFUL AN THANKFUL FOR ……. NOW THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT WE SHOULD BE GRATEFUL AND THANKFUL FOR IS OUR FATHER JESUS WHO IS THE BREAD OF LIFE!!!!!!!!!! WHICH IF WE FEED ON HIM , WE SHALL NEVER BE HUNGRY AGAIN……if we can just imagine how. HE FED THOSE 5 THOUSAND ….”WHAT”. Was that two little fish and five loaves of bread “WOW”…..NOW HE HAS TO BE THE BREAD OF LIFE, OR MAYBE IT WAS JUST THE WAY HE SPOKE THE WORDS,….All we have to do in this life is love as HE LOVES US ..AND BE FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH HIS WORDS … AND REMEMBER THAT HE IS THE WORD MADE FLESH IN A HUMAN BODY, …. THAT’S , A REASON TO BE THANKFUL …. Let’s remember to always give. “THANKS” TO HIM …… Before any and everything….. blessings 🙏💕 to everyone…. I am thankful for u and Cathy, for taking the time to share all the amazing songs and sermons… 🙏💕… ALWAYS..

    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Julia, thank YOU for your comment and blessings. I’m grateful you’ve been part of this song community since the beginning. Lead on! God bless you lots — Dale R.

  2. Nancy Brown

    This was amazing – my daughter-in law was singing this song to Valerie and when i looked for the words on line – I found YOU Dale! So delighted to be reminded of the words to these songs.
    I trust you and Cathy are doing terrific

    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Hi Nancy, Thanks much for your note. I’m so glad to reconnect with you by way of this song site. This is one of a couple of Cliff Adelman’s wonderful songs posted on this site. For a lot of us, his music remains a happy part of the sound track of our lives. Cathy and I are thankful and blessed. Lived in lots of places around the country, enjoyed about 27 years living down in paradise east (Florida). I hope you’ll explore other songs on the site. AND … check out “Speaker Cathy Reichel” on YouTube. She posted over a hundred wonderful videos in the “Strong Families Strong People” series. Hope to hear more from you. God bless you lots — Dale R.

  3. Julia Witchard

    Mr Dale, “THANKFUL”… WHAT AN AMAZING WORD….. Mr Dale, the one reason why I am so thankful is because. I am my “FATHER’S Daughter and HE CHOSE Me to be HIS Servant….and I will serve HIM Through all who I cross path with….thanks, Mr Dale…be very blessed….ALWAYS….


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