What do you do when you’re struggling to be grateful? Like on bad days when everything seems miserable?

Maria F.
It happens often than no matter how i know that i should be grateful for what life gives me, it just does not seem to have any positive effect on me. Then i try to meet with friends, talk with family and do something else than thinking. And sometimes i say, well it s just a day. Next day will be different.

Mari I.
Well, I always try to be a kind person, help other people… so if bad things happen I know it is for something and in the future I will be glad that I passed through that situation in that moment. Because we learn from every mistake or bad moment

Sheila C.
I still take the time to write. In fact, it's those times when I have written in my journal that I have reaped the most benefit.

Use the 10 mins timer to be the motivation… "It's only 20mibs" and you might find that once you've got down your initial thoughts, you actually, genuinely can find at least one thing that day to be grateful for.

For me, sometimes it's just noticing the sky was blue rather than grey… Or noticing a kind interaction between people… Or something small in the street like a leaf that reminds me change is always inevitable

Christine G.
I'm sorry you have days like that. I sure have them too, and they're awful. I find that two things help me. I try to really take a look at my situation and find one single thing I truly feel grateful for. There is always, always something, no matter how small it is. Most often, I find it in the abilities I have – I can stand on my feet, for example. When I do this every day, I eventually feel less miserable. I realized that feeling miserable is a habit, too!! The second thing I do is tell myself what I am grateful for, even if I can't FEEL grateful. "I'm grateful it's not raining/it is raining today," "I'm grateful I have a $5 bill in my wallet," etc. The more I make it a habit to talk to myself like that, the more I feel better, and I become truly grateful for many more things. Please give this a try, it really works! Hang in there!

Christine G.
I'm sorry you have days like that. I sure have them too, and they're awful. I find that two things help me. I try to really take a look at my situation and find one single thing I truly feel grateful for. There is always, always something, no matter how small it is. Most often, I find it in the abilities I have – I can stand on my feet, for example. When I do this every day, I eventually feel less miserable. I realized that feeling miserable is a habit, too!! The second thing I do is tell myself what I am grateful for, even if I can't FEEL grateful. "I'm grateful it's not raining/it is raining today," "I'm grateful I have a $10 bill in my wallet," etc. The more I make it a habit to talk to myself like that, the more I feel better, and I become truly grateful for many more things. Please give this a try, it really works! Hang in there!

Lucas Q.
There is always something to be grateful. The air you breathe, water, safe home, comfy bed, family, health, sight, that you are able to taste food, or give your partner a hug etc 🙂