I’ve come across several articles and podcasts over the past week that mentioned gratitude as a great way to improve the quality of your life. I felt like God was trying to tell me something: be more grateful. I know a lot of self-help gurus push gratitude like it’s a miracle drug, but there really is some truth in it. Being grateful sets off a chain reaction for good things in your life. It gives you a better attitude which improves your interactions with others which leads to better things down the road. But enough about why gratitude is important – you probably already know it is, which is why you’re reading this.
I go a for a walk first thing each morning and I like to listen to podcasts to help make the most of my time. There’s a podcast from Ben Lionel Scott that I enjoy listening to. The clips are short so I mix them in with the other ones I listen to. They are the audio from the amazing videos he puts on his YouTube channel.
I’ve heard too many stories over the past several years of people taking their own lives because of being in tough situations. Stress is at an all-time high – even before COVID-19 hit. People are working too hard, juggling too much and taking on more than they can handle. Life is certainly not easy.
I read through the daily Catholic mass each day, as many of you probably know. Whether you’re religious or not, you can benefit from what I’m about to share. Wednesday’s reading included the below passage from Acts 25-27:
I was struggling to get motivated a few weeks back, so a friend recommended 75 Hard. It’s a free 75-day mental toughness program by entrepreneur Andy Frisella. I instantly recognized Andy from the videos by Ben Lionel Scott that I enjoy watching (and I highly recommend his podcast). I’ve been working on my own 30-day program since November so I figured I’d give this program a try along with what I’m already doing.
You’ll find several books on gratitude in the “Personal Development” sections of most bookstores. There’s a reason for that – gratitude works. If you wake up every day and feel miserable, you’re probably going to have a miserable day. Now, waking up each day feeling grateful for all the good things in your life won’t guarantee that you’ll have a great day. But at least you’ll start out on the right foot.
A NYC Taxi driver wrote:
Most people fail to do anything major because they see it as a big impossible task that needs to be tackled all at once. If you’re trying to climb a mountain, you can come up with dozens of excuses: you’re not feeling up to it, it’s not the right time to start your journey, you only have an hour and it takes days, etc…. I’m as guilty as anyone — I’ve got more unfinished projects than I care to admit. But these things can be all be tackled (even at once) if you have the desire and the focus. And I’ll show you how.