Lowering the Threshold

There are so many tiny joys we skip right over throughout the day. My girls are much better at recognizing these than I am. Just yesterday, they noticed and were nearly overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude about an extra bright star in the sky, a caterpillar they discovered eating through a leaf and the extra good taste of water from the library drinking fountain.

I wonder where and how we lose that – how we increase our threshold for gratitude to a point that it becomes nearly unattainable. In the process, we skip right over the small moments we could be grateful for – and which could probably do a whole lot of good for our well-being.

This year, I’m trying to lower my threshold at which I feel grateful. I want to appreciate the small and nearly mundane – the view of pink skies at sunrise through my bedroom window, the first sip of warm coffee, the feeling of fresh air filling my lungs or the sound of laughter as I listen to my girls playing together.

Look around you. What’s something small you can be grateful for right now?

Author: Alyssa Forcehimes, PhD

An expert in behavior change, substance use disorders and empathic communication, Dr. Alyssa Forcehimes serves as President of The Change Companies® and Train for Change Inc.® She lives in Arizona with her husband and two daughters.