No matter what happens in our lives, we can develop a mind of gratefulness through simple practice. Through repeated practice, our minds actually change, and we begin to see the positive instead of seeing the negative. As this happens, we are happier. As we are more happy, we share this happiness with those around us. As we share, we spread the possibility for happiness into the environment around us. We become a positive force in the world.
I know this first hand because I’ve struggled with difficult family relationships for much of my life. Over the years I experienced the pain of deeply embedded anger and resentment. These negative emotions spilled over onto those around me and created more pain.
When I learned about gratitude practice, meaning that everything that happens to us can be transformative and lead us to positive outcomes, I thought it was ridiculous. But I yearned for a way to leave the anger that was a mental rut, a well-worn path that prevented me from being free. So I decided to try the practice for a period of time.
After a couple of months of practice, I could see the change in myself. The difficult relationships remained difficult, but I no longer blamed the other person. Instead I came to appreciate my own resilience, my longing for love and a deeper understanding of the pain and anger in others.
As an entrepreneur and human being, I started The Gratitude Project in 2016 in order to support the transformative power of gratitude in our lives.