A gratitude practice can feel contrived and like more of an intellectual endeavor than an authentic ritual.
Rather than performing a monotonous routine because it's the "right" thing to do, allow yourself to first go in the opposite direction by visualizing the loss of the thing you're appreciative of.
Say you're thankful for a relationship. Now, visualize losing that relationship, vulnerably embrace the feelings of sadness, disappointment, and grief.
From this space, acknowledge your relationship again, noticing your thankfulness as more of an authentic response than a conscious rehearsal.
"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." Meister Eckhart
HT: Will Lennon