The Power of Complaining and Gratitude

How Your Mindset Can Change Your Life

It’s only a few days away from my 27th birthday, and as I do before every birthday, I reflect on what I learned this past year, and how I strive to be better in the next.

This past year I:

  1. Found the woman I truly love with all my heart
  2. Got a new job as a web developer
  3. Started my own juice business
  4. Went to a bunch of music festivals
  5. Started working out and lifting weights again
  6. Began investing a significant amount of time to coding and learning outside of work

For someone that loves routine and doing the same things day in and day out, you can imagine how crazy of a year it was for me. Not only was I overwhelmed with the increased workload and stress, I started to complain.

The more you complain, the more negative you become.

I started to blame those around me. I would give every excuse possible to say that it’s not my fault or that I was somehow at a disadvantage. I would get into fights with my girlfriend and my business partner.

Now I’m normally a glass half full kind of guy, but I had become such a negative person that I was hurting those closest to me, and I knew I needed to change.

Even writing this section, I feel like I’m complaining in a way :(

You need to be more self-aware.

“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.” — Swami Vivekananda

I had to understand where my negativity was coming from, and be grateful for the opportunities given to me in life. So many people, myself included, focus too much on the chances they missed or the failed opportunities they could have had. Instead, everyone should be focusing on GRATITUDE.


I started to think about the three things I’m most grateful for:

  1. My awesome parents
  2. A supportive girlfriend
  3. The opportunity of growing up in America

And I realized that I had already won at life.

Everything else is just extra opportunities that may or may not go in my favor.

Gratitude leads to happiness.

Gratitude has set me free, and I’m way more positive and happy than I have ever been.

Now it’s your turn.

Kill the poison in your mind.

Use gratitude as your antidote.

In our world today where negativity is everywhere (news, social media, etc.)….

We Need Positivity to be LOUDER!

So when life gets hard, knocks you down, and nothing goes your way…Wear your gratitude on your sleeves, smile, and go make today awesome!

Thanks for reading! :)

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