We are taught from a young age to say please and thank you when we are given something, when someone helps us, etc. It becomes a habit, an involuntary action. It almost is as if we say it and loose a little of its meaning.
If you sat down and thought about (or better yet wrote down) all the things you are grateful for–your spouse, your pet, your home, and on and on, you would feel very full and realize how much you have in your life. I enjoy the days that are tough and I have to dig deep for the gratitude–such as I’m grateful for my air conditioning on a hot day, the heat on a cold day, being able to drive myself to where I need to go–it goes on. It’s on these days that you really dig out those not so obvious things and make a shift.
In the article, I found it really interesting when the author talked about a rainy day. Instead of looking at the rainy day and being miserable because it’s wet, damp, and dark–think about what that rain does to the earth, the grass, the trees, etc. and how much will grow after it. What a great way to look at a rainy day!