I’m sure you’ve heard it many times from your parents or other adults: why aren’t you more grateful? I have no doubt that it’s also been pointed out in great detail concerning what you have to be grateful about.
However, gratitude is difficult for most people. And, it applies to adults and teens. Why is it so hard to be grateful sometimes?
I think it’s because we become so accustomed to what we have that we don’t think about it very much. For example, most Western teens have housing, clean water, enough to eat (more than enough usually), transportation, education, etc.
So, these things that most people in the world lack become so commonplace that it’s easy to take them for granted. And, when it becomes easy to do something, people tend to go with that.
The difficulty of gratitude becomes clear when you look at it this way. You probably take the easy way out of just taking what you have for granted. But, while finding gratitude may be difficult, it is still worth the effort.
Try to show more gratitude on a regular basis. Thank your parents and other adults in your life for all they do for you. Also, thank your friends and classmates for their friendship and help. If you can thank someone for being there for you, then go for it!
It may be helpful to write down specific things you’re grateful for on a daily basis too. Make sure to include the “little things” you take for granted because in reality they’re not really that little.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, try to be more grateful. But, don’t make it just now. Be more grateful throughout the entire year.