Give Thanks Like a Pessimist

A friend of mine recently forwarded an article from the New York Times about the relationship between gratitude and expectation. One excerpt in particular made an impression on me:

“If you think that human nature is good and powerful, then you go around frustrated because the perfect society has not yet been achieved. But if you go through life believing that our reason is not that great, our individual skills are not that impressive, and our goodness is severely mottled, then you’re sort of amazed life has managed to be as sweet as it is.”

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