Why do I feel thankful? Can someone help me with this? I've abandoned all models of what the things that drive the existence of a universe could be. But I still feel thankful - maybe I shouldn't and it's just a behavior burned into me, but it doesn't feel that way - it feels like....symmetry. I think love is the other component. Gratitude is conscious and love is not - both have the same outcome akin to giving away your endorphins.