Robert A. Emmons in the book Thanks! Reminds us that gratitude stems from survival. An authentic, deeply held sense of gratitude toward life may truly require some degree of deprivation.
Through the process of appreciation, what was taken for granted becomes special. These aspects of survival and gratitude are embellished when we consider the lessons we can gain from nature.
Angeles Arrien takes us deeper into the exploration of gratitude and nature by pointing us to the four natural qualities for survival. These are: Keen Attention, Flexibility, Resourcefulness, and Patience