Tag: gratitude

Episode 107: Don’t Be Mad That It’s Over, Be Grateful That It Happened

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, and it may sound cliche, “Don’t be mad that it’s over, be glad that it happened.” Now, quite often this is said in regards to a relationship that has ended,  but this is not one of those times…

This week I was devastated by some revelations having to do with my deer camp. Those who’ve listened to the podcast with any regularity for any amount of time know that my deer camp was very much my happy place and deer hunting is something I most look forward to each and every year. Check out this episode to find out more about what happened. 

I also dive more into mindset, gratitude and some numbers associated with a study about the number of thoughts a person has on average each day, how many of them are negative and how much of that negative thinking is just recycled negativity from the day before. This is quite important because only we as individuals have the power to change this for ourselves…

This episode also includes some exciting updates on Braver Angels events that are taking place, including a project I’m currently involved in with the former director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins… Links Below….

Episode 90: New Year, New You, Nonsense… Every Day is an Opportunity to Better Our Lives

Are you one that makes new year’s resolutions?  Have you ever made a new year’s resolution that you’ve kept, or what’s the longest you’ve stuck with that resolution? On average, more than 80% of new year’s resolutions fail before the second week in February. What if instead of wasting our energy on new year’s resolutions, we make daily resolutions to better our lives?

It was 12 years ago this week that we lost my father. He was way too young and not a day goes by that I don’t think of him and miss him very much. My Dad taught me so many things, but so much of what I learned from him, I did not learn until after he was gone. I am now less than 10 years from the age my Dad was when he passed, and that brings to the forefront in my mind how important every day is. I talk in this episode how we must never take for granted the days we have on this earth, that we do not know when our last day will come, but we should embrace the idea that every day is an opportunity to better our lives.

Episode 89: DTH Holiday Life Lessons with the Family 2021

It’s the holiday season once again, and the final DTH episode for 2021!! I would just like to take this opportunity to say how grateful I am for my family and all those that support me in my efforts to make the world a better place.

This is not a long episode, but in it I highlight a conversation that I recently had with a friend that resulted in a great little life lesson. Sometimes we know that what needs to be said may hurt someone’s feelings, or even make them mad, but it needs to be said nonetheless.
I wrap up this episode by playing a recording of a Christmas song that always brings a smile to my face, and I hope it does for you as well.

Short and to the point, but an important episode! Check out some of our latest episodes with some incredible guests. Looking forward to a fantastic 2022!

Episode 84: Thanksgiving and the Age of Perpetual Outrage

It seems you cannot open an internet browser, browse social media, turn on a television or listen to the radio without finding out some group of “offended” or “aggrieved” people are again protesting something. Are all these people victims of something, or what I’ve referred to as those with the Perpetual Victim Mentality, or are their lives just so empty of meaning that they are looking to be part of something bigger?

With this being the week of Thanksgiving, I have to wonder if all these “perpetually outraged” protesters and demonstrators would be as empty and angry as they are if they were grateful for all the blessings within their lives? Would they be so drawn to the lies, divisiveness, hyperbole and Hate of those in the media and politics, if in fact they focused on giving thanks for what they have rather than seeking some sense of purpose and meaning within the scores of perpetual outrage mobs?

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Friends of the DTH Podcast. May you be thankful for all your blessings and openly share your gratitude today and every day. THANK YOU!!

Episode 83: Silver Linings, How they can be found

No situation in life has ever been made better by those who constantly beat the drum of negativity and/or victimhood. As someone who spent a large portion of my life with a bad attitude, I can definitively say that statement because I know it to be true. Gratitude is something I speak of often in this podcast, and in my personal and professional life, because I truly believe that you cannot be happy if you are not grateful, and the happy make the world a better place. As such, the unhappy and ungrateful make the world worse, it’s just the nature of things.

How a situation plays out, for better or for worse, often comes as a result of how we react to it. This is why I also often speak of personal accountability. Life tends to be messy, and there are negative things that happen within our lives every day, that if focused upon, can result in more negativity. Those who don’t constantly focus on the negative, are often those who produce more positive results because their minds generally work in a positive results driven mode rather than the negative. I talk about a simple, and personal example, of how this works and how one can find the silver lining in what seems to be a dark cloud.

Episode 56: Sparking Change to Better the World

Here at the Derate the Hate podcast, we’re all about BETTERING THE WORLD ONE ATTITUDE AT A TIME. In doing so I’m always looking for inspiring and intriguing guests that are looking to do the same. I truly found a kindred spirit when I heard about and reached out to this week’s guest, Rick Ornelas.

Who is Rick Ornelas?
Rick Ornelas is an author and Positive Change Expert who teaches men and women to unlock their amazing potential to create an incredible future and change the world around them.

He’s the author of 12 Hours of Heaven; Lessons for a Better World and founder of I Spark Change, a global movement and online community of those who seek to make the world a better place one act at a time.