There is much written about gratitude in the happiness literature, and for good reason. It’s hard to be grateful and unhappy at the same time.

An awareness of the importance of gratitude has helped me to remember to go to a happier place in difficult times.

Some people struggle with the practice of gratitude. And for them, I want to suggest a different way to get there.

Look at your life through fresh eyes

Imagine you were someone new coming into your world and ask these questions:

  • What would they see that you are not seeing?
  • Why would they love being you?
  • What are you taking for granted they would love to have?

Perspective is a view from a place outside yourself. Go to that place. Look at things differently and you may see them the way someone else would—someone who would be grateful to be what you are, to have what you have, even to have the troubles you have.

Try it. Take out a piece of paper and a pen (or make a list in the notes section of your smartphone). See how it goes, and then join the conversation with your comments below…

Best regards,