But what I find is that if I take the time to really feel the gratitude it has the effect of shifting my mood even if it’s just incrementally. The practice itself has become a habit, but cultivating the feeling takes intention. I make a point to notice where in my body I feel the gratitude and spend a few moments focusing on how that feels.
This Daily Practice Will Make You Happier Today
Debby Germino

I cannot overstate how important it is to take the time to evoke the gratitude and work to make it a bit larger than it was the time before. No one has taught us to value gratitude, so we have to consciously evoke the feeling. It’s like blowing on the tiniest smoking ember until it finally becomes a flicker of flame — and then continue to nurture it until it becomes a robust flame.