"Early 2015, I started keeping track of my gratitude. Each day I write five to eight unique events I am grateful for. I don’t repeat anything from the previous day. If you grew up in an abundant environment and learned to be grateful because of it, awesome. I did not.
Learning was a slow process for me. After twenty-one days I was not a more positive or grateful person. A hundred days in, it had completely changed my life. Gratitude does not come naturally to me but is the surest path to happiness, I promise.
Even when 'life' sucks and people disappoint me or I let myself down, I make an effort to see all the spaces, places, and people for which or whom I am grateful.
With time I have begun to recognize my gratitude not just at the end of the day, but when things actually occur."