“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”
James Altucher has had ups and downs in his life.
The founder of StockTwits has been a millionaire before. Then he lost everything. Then he gained it back.
He’s not your prototypical success story. He’s not even your prototypical “average person” story.
After all, there aren’t that many people who have been millionaires, much less lost it all, and then made it all back.
In his book Choose Yourself, he describes what he felt like when he had hit bottom – having lost his fortune and seriously considering whether killing himself because of his $4 million life insurance policy.
At that point, he decided that he needed to live in the present.
He calls thinking too much about the past or the future time travel. When you time travel, you either worry over things that you can no longer change – the past – or about things that may not work out the way that you expect them to – the future.
But, at his nadir, he was having trouble focusing on the present. He was having trouble doing anything except feel sorry for himself and question his worth to society.
So, he started expressing gratitude. Two of the twenty-six items in his “daily practice” involve expressing gratitude. He later advises a reader who has eight days to make rent to start the day by listing out things to be thankful for and telling friends how thankful he is to have them in his life.
Altucher advises living in a state of gratitude and not time traveling. But, does being grateful now and living in the present help you in the future?
According to Harvard’s Jennifer Lerner and her team, the answer is yes.