When we want to know how to practice gratitude, we can begin by understanding what gratefulness is. Being grateful is a sense of appreciating how much we have—when we are not taking our blessings for granted.
When a person has very little but feels they have so much, that is gratefulness. It’s like when a person has only a few coins in their pocket, and they get a free meal, they just feel grateful. They don’t have to practice being grateful in that moment. When food somehow appears so they can fill their tummy, they will automatically be full of gratitude in that moment!
For a person who has a lot, it can be harder to feel grateful. Because if your belly is always full and then somebody gives you a free meal, it may not mean so much to you.
So when we don’t take things with this feeling of gratefulness, when we don’t see life as such a blessing, it’s generally because we have so much and we take it for granted. We are missing contentment.
If someone gives you something and you receive it without gratitude, who is the one that loses? You! Because gratefulness makes you feel beautiful. It’s very heart-warming, so you feel, “Life is beautiful, I’m so happy.”