Hi, this is Brian.
Welcome back to another Areté +1°, a micro-chapter from my new book, Areté: Activate Your Heroic Potential.
We're having fun looking at some of my favorite ideas from a book with 451 of my all-time favorites.
TAKING THINGS FOR GRANTED
VS. AS GRANTED
Continuing our discussion of how to apply the “eye-popping” research done on the power of gratitude, let’s chat about another brilliant idea from Robert Emmons.
This one is from his book Gratitude Works!
Professor Emmons tells us: “Think about and then write down those aspects of your life that you are prone to take for granted. Instead, take them as granted.”
I just LOVE that distinction.
Ungrateful people tend to take things (and people!) for granted.
For example, we tend to take all of the astonishing modern benefits that make our lives possible for granted. Stuff like a warm house, a car, a smartphone, the internet, and all the other magical marvels of modern life.
Robert tells us we’d be wise to move from taking people and things for granted to seeing them as granted.
Let’s think about that for a moment longer.
I repeat: We can take the amazing people and goodness in our lives for granted or see them as granted.
That may not seem like a big deal, but it’s a really big distinction.
Our +1°… Think about and then write down ONE aspect of your life that you are prone to take for granted. Instead, take it as granted.