Stinking of Success: The Importance of Gratitude

Being grateful is not always the easiest thing to do. I remember hearing the story when I was in the first grade about a man who was unhappy that he had no shoes until he met a man who had no feet. I was the kid who raised his hand and said “hey, the guy with no feet doesn’t really need shoes”. So being grateful did not come naturally to me and in reality, it still doesn’t. The best way for me to feel gratitude with any regularity is by helping other people when they are not feeling grateful. Doing that consistently has made me appreciate my life and the people around me over the years.

Tip: If you don’t like what you have, it’s hard to like what you get. It’s called the spoiled child syndrome. If you don’t appreciate the things in your life you have right now, when the new things come they won’t mean as much. Also, people can smell a lack of gratitude all over you. That smell tends to cover up the more effective smell of success.  Life always has a bit of an aroma (I’m trying to avoid saying life stinks) so try to smell as good as you can.

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