Why aren’t people, especially Americans and Canadians, more grateful?
This question makes the assumption that the majority of people in North America are not grateful, but I would argue that this is not the case. I would propose instead, that most people are simply not conscious of their own gratitude. Our culture is not set up in a way that asks us to stop and be mindful of how we are feeling. We are often focused on the negative, what is going wrong, what can be better, what needs fixing. We rush through our days unaware of our body and feelings, consumed with our work. How often have you closed your laptop after hours of typing, only to notice that you desperately need to go to the bathroom, drink water and eat something all at the same time? If we can so easily forget that we have a body, it is simple to see how we can also forget to notice the things we have to be grateful for. Gratitude has been relegated in our culture to something that is mostly noticed at holidays or special occasions.