#1603 Areté +1° #31: Entitlement

The #1 Obstacle to Gratitude

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Question: What’s the #1 obstacle to gratitude?

Answer: According to Robert Emmons, the biggest obstacle to gratitude is a sense of ENTITLEMENT—the belief that the world owes you something.

And, because you are entitled to all the awesome things in your life and “deserve” it all, there’s no reason for you to feel grateful.

The remedy to entitlement?


The humble person appreciates the fact that life is a sacred gift.

Do you?

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