How I Learned To Be Grateful For Disappointments

Learning To Be Grateful For Disappointments

Before we talk about why we should be grateful for disappointments, let make something clear: Life sucks sometimes.

Sometimes, people and situations disappoint us. Things don’t go our way. People who promise to be there ghost us. Those who we respect and admire completely lose our trust. People and relationships get ugly – and worse, bad things just happen. But how do we be grateful for disappointments, anyway?

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A Moment of Thanks

In this episode of the State of Happiness, I share what and who makes me grateful. Because, if it weren’t for them, I would not have been able to achieve my goals as well or as fast. So, I’m giving credit, where credit is due.

Why I’m Grateful For Disappointments

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t start out grateful for disappointments. I retreat into my mind to pout about how things don’t go my way and how people betray my trust.

But, then, after a while of self-induced misery, I realize that life hands us circumstances to teach us very important life lessons. And, even more, to learn more about who we are and what really matters most in life. And, what remains from all of that disappointment are really all those things and people that we actually are grateful for.

Disappointments are not fun, but they show us contrast to what we really want and appreciate in life. If we are smart, we can recognize what makes us happy and what is worth being happy for. Not only that, disappointments clear away illusions (and maybe delusions) of what we think someone or a life circumstance should be life. And, they show us what is true about their character or about a situation.

Why I’m Grateful For You

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Leslie Juvin-Acker

Leslie Juvin-Acker is Chief Happiness Officer of Leslie Inc. Since 2008, she has been coaching executives and business leaders all over the world. She is an expert in emotional intelligence and helps professionals tap into their own imagination to find solutions for personal and professional happiness.

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