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Do you have this great life that everybody tells you, you should be grateful for? But it just doesn’t feel that way? Or does someone close to you feel like that?
It’s of absolutely no use to tell people that they should be grateful. We can’t turn on gratitude like a button. We can be told to cheer up, but if anything changes at all, we just put on a mask.
We can’t order each other to feel in particular ways. Stressing the need to cheer up or feel grateful just contributes to more misery. Sometimes it’s better to just be there and say and also expect nothing. That person has every right to be sad right now. Let’s be okay with that sadness and not pile on our own discomfort by expecting someone to shape up. Especially if that person is you.