Start with your senses. The most basic pleasures in life are usually accessible to us all the time, but they slip out of our consciousness because we get so used to them. Learn to notice the little things, and deliberately appreciate them.
Look around. Notice beautiful shapes, colors, and details. Notice things you normally take
for granted, like sunlight reflecting off someone's hair. Think of all the little things you'd miss
if you were blind. It's often the most minute joys that are missed the most.
Smell the roses. And the food. And the air. Recognize the smells that make you feel good: a
freshly cut lawn, the air right after it rains, a fresh pot of coffee.
Savor your food. Eat slowly. Don't just gobble and chug. Identify flavors. Appreciate how they
intermingle. Take notes from wine enthusiasts; they know how to enjoy the subtlest of
Appreciate the sense of touch. How do leaves, blankets, lotions feel against your skin? How
many times during the day do people touch you affectionately, and you barely notice?
Listen to more than music. Listen when you think it's quiet, and you'll discover it's not really
all that quiet. You might hear the wind, leaves rustling, kids laughing.
Cherish any kind of lightheartedness in your life. Things like laughter, affection, and playfulness are fleeting. Once a relationship has degraded so that those things don't spontaneously occur anymore, it's very hard to get them back. You might know that from experience. So treat those moments with care (especially with kids, who are at the peak of lightheartedness). Don't be the person who takes life too seriously, who doesn't have time to have fun, or who has no sense of humor.
Take a vacation. There's some truth to the saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder". Ideally, you shouldn't have to separate yourself from something (or someone) in order to appreciate it or them (that can lead to a vicious cycle). But it can be a good way to trigger your sense of gratitude just once in a while