My heart goes out to you. It seems from what you have said, your hard work in your household goes unappreciated. It is truly heartwarming to receive a few words of commendation or gratitude. But what has happened to appreciation? In today’s materialistic world sincere expressions of appreciation are disappearing! Gratitude is being replaced by a “me-first” attitude. Lacking in the vocabulary of many is the simple phrase “Thank you very much!” This situation is in fulfillment of the Bible's prophetic words: “But you must realise that in the last days the times will be full of danger. Men will become utterly self-centred . . . They will be utterly lacking in gratitude.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5, Phillips Bible)
Sadly, we can't change people's actions (even our family members) but we can show an appreciative attitude toward others. How? By imitating God's example. Jehovah (God's personal name) sets the example for us in expressing appreciation. One way he does this is by rewarding those who please him. (2 Samuel 22:21) The Scriptures encourage us to “become imitators of God, as beloved children.” (Ephesians 5:1) So a key reason why we should express appreciation is that we want to follow Jehovah’s example.
There is another reason why we want to express appreciation to others. Appreciation is like a good meal; it is more enjoyable when shared. When we feel appreciated, we are happy. When we express our appreciation, we make others happy. The person who receives your gratitude knows that his efforts to help you, or to give you something you need, were worthwhile. As a result, the bond of love between you and that person is strengthened.
So, why not try each day to show yourself thankful by what you say and do, even if it is not shown to you. Your heartfelt words or actions may be just what another person may need to make it through one more day in this unthankful world. And your expressions of thanks will strengthen your relationship with your family members that can last a very long time. Most important, you will be imitating the generous, appreciative God, Jehovah and not only will he reward you, but you will be "happy."