I am learning the hard way that you cannot expect to go any further than where you are at this precise moment, if you cannot be thankful for where you are at this precise moment. Why would God give you more, if you do not appreciate what you already have. I am also finding, however, that this is deeper than gratitude. Its an entirely different way of viewing the world. Seeing the positive, the life, the meaning in the most mundane tasks, and issues, is how you become a better person. Feel the life in everything around you, see the hidden blessings in things that seem negative, and you will suddenly be a much happier person. Only seeing how horrible something is, keeps you from learning the lessons you need to learn, and keeps you from being happy. You are the one in control of how you view things.