Besides remembering your friends – if you’re in business, also thank your associates/clients-friends that have helped you in many unselfish ways. To some they may thank God for that, but I personally thank these people instead because they are the one that thought of you and decided to help you out.
Nobody influenced their choices – they like you, they appreciate you, so they help you. It’s the very same choice you made when you decided to help someone worthy, unselfishly.
If you really want to thank God, I believe one should think of much bigger things