"He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan." (Luke 17:16)
To prostrate oneself is an affirmation. To prostate oneself just sounds painful. "Prostrate" means "to cast oneself face down on the ground in humility, submission, or adoration." While I am not sure Jesus expects us to stick our noses in the dirt every time God does something good for us, but God does expect us to offer gratitude for our many blessings. Gratitude expresses humility, because we recognize we are not the creator of our blessings. All good things come from God!
This is the story of the ten lepers. Jesus healed them, but only one bothered to return to thank Jesus and offer praise. Even more conflictual, the one faithful former leper who returned was a horrible Samaritan. Jews and Samaritans were at odds, both thinking the other was inappropriate. Jesus affirms him over the Jewish lepers who didn't return to offer gratitude.
Gratitude is so easy, it doesn't cost a dime and it is easy to perform. Then why do we express our gratitude so infrequently? I can only speak for myself, but I feel so busy that I do not to have time to reflect often enough. This is a lie I tell myself all the time. Busy is simply an excuse. We must set priorities every hour of every day. Not offering gratitude to God is a decision that God is not a priority. How can we express that when God provides blessings, great and small, on a regular basis?
Today, make a point of setting aside short moments to think about blessings God has bestowed on you in the past, or perhaps even the present. Then, offer a prayer of thanksgiving. If you want to throw yourself face down on the ground go right ahead, but the more important thing is to humbly approach God with appreciation. Doing so will bring you ever closer to God.