How do you cultivate gratitude?
June 10, 2005 12:11 PM Subscribe
Do you have ways to put your life into perspective and force yourself to appreciate that you're really pretty privileged? Or do you allow yourself to get bored and solipsistic and desirous of more (material or otherwise) stuff?
posted by catesbie to Religion & Philosophy (37 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Even though I have good friends, make a decent living, have had untold strokes of luck and unfair advantages every step of the way (being born a middle-class American ain't a bad place to begin), I never feel like I really appreciate new bits of good fortune for very long before I find something to be discontent with. One's material desires always seem just to exceed one's available income, for example, no matter how much more you're making this year than last. Do you ever manage to shut yourself up for a second and realize that you've really got it relatively good? If so, how? Does exposure to media help or make things worse? And do you think religious people are somehow better equipped to do this than the rest of us?