Our receptors are not broken or not working, we simply have gotten out of the habit of flexing those muscles. The next time you have the opportunity to observe children, particularly as they relate to their parents, notice how masterful they are at the art of asking.
Also look for the passion and excitement in their celebration as the get what they want. When did we forget how to do this? I assert that these are the most fundamental of skills, learning how to effectively ask, then receive what we’ve asked for, often greater than what we could have imagined.