Writer and entrepreneur David Cain describes the concept of radical gratitude — a practice that requires us to explore being grateful for anything that happens, whether we initially think of the events as good or bad. Internet out? Caught a cold? Lost your job? Anything is fair game. You might not necessarily feel grateful for everything that happens, but the exercise itself has benefits:
It forces us out of hypersensitive kind of autopilot we often operate under, which is based on a pretty grievous misconception: that events are isolated and are of two distinct types — good or bad — and that this goodness or badness is determined by how welcome it feels when it happens.
It also puts you into a helpful problem-solving state that always ends in gratitude for something about what has just happened — the doors it opens, the things it teaches you, the future trouble it might spare you.
Being open to shifting your perspective might also help you create your own luck. And, perhaps most importantly, it helps us stop taking things for granted:
Radical gratitude also often reveals when we’re just being stupid. If you’ve ever been annoyed that you said you’d make an appearance at a friend’s get-together, you’re taking quite a bit for granted there. Damn, it sucks having friends, always asking me to spend time with them.
Check out the full, eloquent post below.
How to Become a Luckier Person Overnight [Raptitude]