One of the most difficult practices I try to incorporate in my daily life is being grateful. It's something that shouldn't be hard--after all, gratitude is something most people feel from time to time, without any sort of excess practice or work.
But it's far too easy to get caught up in negative emotions--worry, anger, frustration--and forget to be grateful for the positive things.
I'm far from perfect, but when I catch myself feeling negative, there are two things that get me out of that rut:
Finding things to be grateful for when you're feeling terrible isn't a cure-all trick that will turn your life around. Again, it's a practice that takes a good deal of work. But finding gratitude in the face of negativity is a gigantic step in the right direction.
Written February 7, 2020