From Joel and Michelle Levey at The Huff­in­gton Post: The prac­tice of grat­i­tude anti­dotes two root suffer­ings that pervade the human expe­ri­ence. The first can be char­ac­ter­ized as a feeling of “insuf­fi­ciency” — not having enough or not being enough. This funda­mental sense of dissat­is­fac­tion opens the way to the second kind of suffering — being inces­santly busy trying to get more or be more in order to somehow fill this inner feeling of discon­tent­ment and lack. Living with an inner atti­tude of scarcity and poverty-conscious­ness also makes us prey to being manip­u­lated by external forces that tell us that we will find happi­ness and satis­fac­tion — finally — if we only acquire or consume this product or that, or once we go to this place or take some other action “out there.” Our preoc­cu­pa­tion with seeking inner satis­fac­tion from external sources keeps us on a never-ending merry-go-round of pursuits and distrac­tions, always waiting for and expecting happi­ness to come to us from the outside. After the tempo­rary plea­sure or sense of accom­plish­ment dissi­pates and wears off — as it always most certainly will — we find ourselves once again pursuing the next “fix.” · Go to Under­standing the science of grat­i­tude →