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!
...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!