The world is filled with limitless opportunities for pleasure and enjoyment. What destroys this potential is that we become used to what we already have and take things for granted. We do not derive great joy and limitless pleasure from the natural world -- because we become habituated to its sights and experiences.
Today, try focusing your appreciation on an everyday occurrence you've been taking for granted. Here's one idea: Before eating, say the proper blessing and express gratitude to G-d for the good taste and sustenance of the food.
(see Rabbi Noson Tzvi Finkel, 20th century Jerusalem, in "Ohr
Hatzafun, vol.3, p.84; and see Rav Pliskin's "Gateway to Happiness,"
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