Gratitude has fundamentally changed my approach to success. Now, I don't go it alone. I collaborate with others and inevitably discover new ways our purposes are linked and aligned.
The reputation of The Happiness Animal, and my reputation as a writer, are growing from the amazing connections made when I'm not acting out of ego or selfish intentions. Sure, I take care of my own needs—I make sure I get enough rest and quiet—but otherwise, I'm open when people reach out to me to collaborate on a mutual purpose.
Gratitude helps me acknowledge when I need help rather than being paralyzed by pride and not wanting to admit I can't do something alone. I ask for help when I need it, and I'm grateful for other people's assistance.
Whether it's sitting on a park bench with visual artist Amber Rae while she helps me hone my curiosity or getting tips on how to hustle purpose into every day from The Quarter-Life Breakthrough author, Adam Smiley Poswolsky, I am finding my purpose through others. I'm grateful for the opportunity to connect with these inspiring individuals who fuel my own passion for life.
One of my common gratitude practices was inspired by Martin Seligman's What Went Well Diary—I make a note of three things that went well each day. I've also followed author/psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky's advice of writing gratitude letters. I'm currently writing one to my grandfather to thank him for reading to me as a child and letting me ride with him on our tractor while he played the comedian, entertaining me with strange noises and singing songs. My gratitude for my family in England makes me feel much closer to them than I otherwise would.