If you’ve experienced a job loss, a divorce, or the death of a loved one, gratitude tends to take a back seat to anger, bitterness, hurt, pain, and sadness.
Although it may seem counterintuitive, it’s during these times that you should strive to be grateful for what you do have.
Ask yourself these questions:
Did I wake up today? Then be grateful you are around to live another day. A patient dying of cancer in the hospital would be.
Did I eat today? Then be grateful you aren’t starving. A child in Africa who hasn’t eaten in two days would be.
Am I reading this? Then be grateful you have the ability to read. A woman in Afghanistan, where the illiteracy rate is over 70% for females, would be.
Am I living in a comfortable home? Then be grateful you have somewhere to sleep. A homeless man shivering in the cold would be.
Am I feeling more grateful now? If so, remember that feeling and practice gratitude every day. Life can be hard, but it can also be wonderful. Be grateful.
– From Diane Adkins, Celebrating 365 Days of Gratitude