Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, a 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992 when he had a year sober. He's in his 27th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he sometimes disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Re-wiring the Brain

When thinking of things for which to be grateful one needn't look far.

It can be as simple as having fresh air to breathe. Having a job. Good health. Friends to call on. Being alive one more day. Being trusted by others. Having a good marriage. Enjoying nature or a sunset.

The list goes on and on…

The point of looking at life through the lens of gratitude is that it changes our attitude. Instead of joining those who think the world sucks, we carve a new path by living in a world of bounty and joy and infinite possibility.

Looking at life with gratitude is a skill we can develop to keep us happy most of the time. Research has shown that viewing life this way re-wires our brain structure for happiness

Our outlook brings us quality – or lack of quality – depending upon where we focus. Living in gratitude will continue to add to our happiness.