Hakarat HaTov: Recognizing the Good



The exercise instructions are bolded, below. I hope that the background and examples will be helpful, too.


There are lots of good reasons why we fail to recognize the good in our lives. For survival, our brains focus on what’s wrong, missing, or a threat. We have inherited the DNA of folks who attended well to low growls in the forest. Those who focused primarily on the lovely trees probably didn’t survive. In addition, most people become acclimated to blessings. (Psychologists call this