Personal Growth

Gratitude in a Thankless Age


I watched the roaches skitter over the kitchen counter and down the wall as my client told me her tale of woe. Rent man visiting tomorrow…power being turned off due to nonpayment. Her two-year-old toddled around while her infant slept in her lap. We looked at each other. I searched my brain for a way to make sense of the unfortunate circumstances and cascade of bad choices that was now bringing this woman to her knees in desperation.

I felt stupid. Here I was with this awesome education, armed to the teeth with psychological counseling theories and biofeedback knowledge. And this woman needed none of it. But I was there, with her, at that moment, which was no mistake if you look at quantum field research. And I realized I was thankful for the Universe putting me in that space.

Research shows that a gratitude journal can improve your overall mood and mental functioning. The brain loves to wallow and marinate in the “negative,” and focus on what is “not right.” Focusing on what “is right” helps the brain develop new neural pathways, which, in turn, affect the mood and emotions of the individual. Try ending each day with writing down three things you are grateful for, no matter how grandiose or minuscule.  Do it for 30 days, and watch your mental health improve before your very eyes.

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