Practicing Gratitude can be one of the best ways to face Hard Times. It is not an easy thing to do. It will require an effort on your part especially if you have been hit with some kind of loss. One of the ways that I cultivated being Grateful was when cleaning the house I would say, "thank you for this cup that my son used. Thank you for my son and the joy that he brings me. Thank you for his health and that he can walk and talk." I could go on like that till I couldn't think of anything more. It became kind of a game, being thankful and cleaning the house, which was not really something I enjoyed doing, but by being thankful while doing it the housework became a joy because I had created a "practice of gratitude" out of it.
Here is some other ways to practice gratitude.