Why gratitude is the key to success and happiness

Gratitude begins with your thoughts…

From the time we awake each morning till the time we bury our heads into our pillows at night, our bodies go through thousands of experiences. These experiences vary in relation to our daily regimens however most are similar in relation to yesterday’s experiences. By the time you go to sleep in the evening your brain will have processed well over 120,000 thoughts. The majority of those thoughts are almost exactly the same as yesterday’s. We think the same thoughts over and over each day with little variation. Sounds like a computerized Sims game.

As we’ve trained our brains to differentiate right from wrong and good from bad, we have forgotten to realize that the bad isn’t really all that bad. In fact, even within our positive experiences, we’re still dealt discouragement, anxiety and a long list of other additional negative feelings and emotions. Over the years our brains have been conditioned to spot the emotions that are negative in nature and replace them with more encouraging ones. Although this serves as a mental band aid for our emotions, it’s the negative experiences that we live through that teaches us to move forward in a positive direction.

Gratitude is the key to success and happiness

The difficult times that we live through teaches us pertinent lessons that are needed to generate true happiness. Whether in business or our personal lives, our failures help define ourselves. Sometimes our biggest failures lead to a truly satisfying place in the end. It’s during these difficult times that we begin to understand what we’re truly grateful for in life. A life without gratefulness is a truly unhappy place.

I’ve always been a firm believer that, “everything happens for a reason.” It’s true! Everything does happen for a reason. Whether you like to believe it or not that’s for you to decide. Every negative experience that I’ve lived has always been a blessing in disguise. Each one has served tremendous rewards and gratifying life lessons. These lessons have served as guidance and acceptance for my future happiness.

Every difficulty is an opportunity. It’s all about perspective.

Our life experiences can be viewed through many different perspectives, making each experience look both positive and negative. No experience is one hundred percent positive in nature. Each one is layered with both negative and positive qualities. Looking at all of our experiences in a positive way, no matter what the circumstances will ensure limited happiness, however, learning from our failures will allow us to move forward in a positive direction, allowing us to forge a lifetime of happiness. Living through the positivity will make you smile, however, the negativity will allow you to become grateful for the things that are often overlooked. By being grateful for the small important things; like the roof over your head, the mind that generates all your great ideas, your friends, family and genuine support that you receive each day will help you get through your days with ease and comfort. Life is a wonderful thing for those that see life this way. Success and happiness is simply a matter of perspective.

Getting through any difficult time can be frustrating and discouraging but when you stop to realize what you’re grateful for, you’ll be able to refresh your mindset and re-focus your goals for a truly rewarding lifestyle. Dreams are made from mistakes, goals are achieved through struggle, and your conscious is determined by the thoughts you feed it. The next time you’re served a difficult life experience, search for the things that you’re grateful for. It will make a World of difference.

What are you grateful for?


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Kerry Girling
Motivational Speaker and Film Producer
I am an accomplished Five-time Amazon Bestseller, Motivational speaker to over 1 million, and an educational film producer. I promote my positive messages through my blog, my books, my films and through my inspiring motivational speeches.

I have over fifteen years of experience within the professional public speaking industry on an International level, and recently I became an Amazon Bestseller for The First Chapter series ~ a memoire about moving on from what’s been holding you back. Here’s a direct link to the book: http://goo.gl/XmUUcz

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  • Axel Culver

    Hi dear, Thanks a lot for providing this information.You have really done a good job.
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  • Rose Bush

    I have seen this advice in various forms many times before but I like the simplicity you gave about what to be grateful for. I have my own gratitude journal that I write in and I think that this would be very good advice for those who are having problems in their life. It reminds me of an Oprah episode where this woman was having financial problems with her business and the advice given was for her to focus on things that she is grateful for.

  • Jane Carlton

    Like your article! A simple and effective reminder to everyone to stop and look at the abundance already here. Agree with Christine that it helps to dispel fear. Live in Gratitude and the rest will show up!

  • Christine Sherborne

    Being grateful for the things you have, helps to dispel fears of the future that hit many of us at times. Thank you for the reminder that “everything happens for a reason.” and every negative experience really a blessing in disguise.

  • Liz Cosline

    Good points. There is much to be grateful for each day.

  • Madison

    Very true! Appreciation towards what and who you have in your life is an essential part in happiness and success. When you send a positive energy out to the universe and show that, regardless of how little or how much you have, you are grateful for it, you inevitably will be granted rewards for your appreciation when it is sincere. Amazing post.

  • John Smit

    I value you article! Thanks a lot! It’s an inspiring story! God bless u! Continue to inspire and help others of your own experiences! 🙂


  • Edison Joshuah

    Wow. This post perfectly describes what I am going through right now. Thank you for your words. It’s nice to be validated on my feelings and know that I’m not the only one.

  • Victoria Eboru

    I’ve been following your blog for awhile now, you’ve always got some of the best insight and advice…this sticks out as one of the best posts yet…when I shifted from a life of chasing selfish and non giving ways it sucked the life out of me…a few years ago I made the personal shift in life to being grateful and have seen great changes in all areas of life ..it’s incredible!

  • Oliver

    I recently read a study about thoughts and how they shape our world. When you are a child, life in general seems better. The world is big but not scary. You don’t understand everything and that is okay! The study went through how thoughts can really make or break life for us and how important they truly are.

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