"If you cannot be grateful for what you have received, then be thankful for what you have been spared." (Yiddish proverb): If you are often conscious of what's wrong in your life, post this proverb in a prominent place and reflect on what you have been spared:

• If you do not have serious health problems, are you grateful for your good health?
• If your children do not suffer from special, and perhaps untreatable, conditions, are you grateful for that, or do you take your children's well-being for granted?
• If you have enough money to provide for your family's basic needs, do you, nonetheless, often focus on what you lack?

Joseph Telushkin in A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 1