Honestly, gratitude isn’t something that’s particularly ever been something I try to think about. It sounds cheesy but many people don’t realize what they’re grateful for until it’s gone; you have to actively assess what you’re grateful for, much like in the guided gratitude activity. I definitely have it quite easy in life since I don’t ever have to worry about basic necessities, and at the same time I’m able to enjoy more luxurious items thanks to my parents’ jobs. Personally, it’s really easy to lose sight of my privilege but I do make an effort to avoid becoming a spoiled brat. I try to remind myself to not take things for granted, especially when it’s a result of my parents’ work and none of my own. Other than that, I don’t usually think about my gratitude especially in regards to the more mundane things in my life.
Our economy is so narrowly focused on growth since that’s what feels the most immediately rewarding to those who are in power. They simply want more and more without seeing that they have enough and should be grateful for what they already have. The extra money and resources they have could be used for more productive things than increasing production (haha). I think it goes without saying that the majority of people in our society aren’t particularly grateful for our economy. It’s common to hear about how work is a pain, takes up too much time, and isn’t rewarding enough, both financially and mentally. Unfortunately, the idea of gratitude can be used against this argument by simply saying, “Be grateful that you even have a job. Look at the kids in Africa; they don’t have jobs.” In my opinion, we need to modify our growth-centric economy to first build a solid foundation that most people can truly be grateful for before prioritizing growth again, if ever.
I have two cats and the sound of cats meowing really just makes me glad that I have cats of my own that I can go pet when I feel the urge to.