Day 205 - Manufactured Gratitude
I heard this term for the first time recently: "manufactured gratitude". It makes sense, but I am grateful for this type of gratitude as well. On days when I don't wake up grateful because I'm stressed, or feeling some sort of emotional or physical turmoil, I really have to sit and think of reasons to be grateful. Sometimes it is very difficult, so I start with the basics of food and shelter. From there I can move on to school (non-work work), because no matter the goings-on there, I am always grateful to be part of my school. Then comes income, transportation, andfriends. It gets easier and easier as I build a list. So even on days when I have to "manufacture" gratitude, it ends up bringing me back to the inherent sense of gratitude that fills me and fulfills me when I allow it, and when I stop letting my mind rule my attitude (which has become new issue, of recent times, aaargh). But gratitude overcomes thought-patterns, too!
I am grateful to feel grateful, even when I have to create it from nothingness!
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...is practicing gratitude every day for 365 days. Began on April 22, 2016, let's see how life changes over the course of this next year!