The principle of gratitude is a powerful tool that can change your perception on life and love. Most people are only grateful for what they are not used to having. Eventually, the special gesture that was once appreciated will become a routine expectation.
If a woman cooks breakfast for her man every morning, then eventually he will stop saying thank you. He will just expect it. If a man always takes out the trash when it gets full, then eventually the woman will stop acknowledging his efforts. She will just expect it. That can cause one or both people to feel unappreciated and taken for granted, which can lead to unhappiness in a relationship.
The loss of gratitude can ALWAYS be tracked down to heightened expectations. One way to keep a heart of gratitude is to realize that nobody is required to do anything for you. Each time someone does something for you, realize that it is an expression of their love for you. When they express their love, it is your duty to express your appreciation.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey