Rachel & Shane Krider’s second episode of their personal development podcast is all about gratitude. In the last blog, Courage & Honesty, Shane describes how the brain works when you’re on your purpose and have courage. Below is a snippet of the podcast where Shane discusses

I’ve had near-death experiences in my life and I’ll tell you what, every day I wake up and I’m alive, yeah, I’m so damn happy. I’m thankful for it. I think we all deserve to have a near-death experience from time-to-time in our life, just to remind us. In our lives that we live, we don’t. We really don’t have those experiences.

We forget and we take it for granted; it’s the worst thing. It’s taking it for granted is like entitlement mentality. We just feel like we’re owed and we’re deserved of things. You know what, billions of people have lived and died and so will we. We better be grateful for the days we have because, you know, that’s what it’s all about.

Health, wealth, and happiness- that’s gratitude. Those are a byproduct of long-term gratitude. I, quite frankly, I was not a grateful person in my life. I felt like I was owed so many things.

So let’s talk about how to create gratitude now. Every great leader has talked about gratitude. Cicero, Deepak Chopra, Oprah, John F Kennedy, they’ve all talked about gratitude. Now let’s go back to Cicero. He said that gratitude is like, I’m paraphrasing here, but it’s like the absolute parent value. It is the peak, pinnacle, core value that everything else is built on. It starts and it ends with gratitude.

If you want to improve your life, start practicing gratitude. All these things that you’re probably trying to do better and failing, like being nicer to people, being nicer to your spouse, being more thoughtful, being more creative, spending more time, all these things including being more intelligent, alert, present, and capable. You can try to do it but it isn’t gonna happen. It just isn’t gonna happen.

I’ll tell you what, the more pressure you put on yourself to try and improve yourself, and this is where sometimes self-help and personal development can be very frustrating, if you don’t develop a strong gratitude practice, the harder you try and work on yourself, it’s going to stress you out. It’s going to beat you down. You’re going to feel worse as you do personal development. You’re just gonna become more and more aware of everything that’s wrong with you and that’s gonna stress you out even more. It starts and it ends with gratitude.

Shane Krider is a successful personal development life coach, producer, speaker, author, and entrepreneur. Along with his wife, Shane is the co-host of Born to Prosper’s Mind Power, which is a self-help podcast which challenges its listeners to delve deep into their minds to find success. In addition, Shane travels the world in luxury to speak to aspiring entrepreneurs at conferences and workshops to inspire them to find their own pathways to success. Shane Krider is part of The Prosperity of Life Network, a United States-based personal development business with a presence in 52+ countries.