Being Grateful for Negative Experiences Will Change Your Life

I’ve learned that I can’t control life’s events, but I can control how I interpret and react to them. If you’re also able to make this small shift, I promise that you’ll feel a dramatic difference in your happiness and positivity.

I’ve begun to view every negative experience as a funny story or as a way to provide the perspective needed to deepen my appreciation for positive experiences.

Notably, this winter in Lake Tahoe, I got locked out of my house in 15-degree weather at 7am wearing only a T-Shirt, sweatpants and socks.

To get to the leasing office, I walked a half-mile through the snow and waited outside only to get denied entry onto a packed public bus because I didn’t have shoes on. And this all happened because I went outside to take a (terrible and grainy) photo of a rabbit!

The old me (pre-2017) would have been angry, and this might have ruined my day. But the new me has embraced the wild journey of life – so I couldn’t help but laugh and think about how great of a story this would be!

While the example from this post is lighthearted, if you’ve read my post about overcoming a five-year depression, you know that I apply this mentality to more serious, life-changing events as well.

We all get to choose how we perceive the events in our lives, and I promise that if you start appreciating all of the negative things that happen (or have happened), then you’ll be much happier.

📷: @dannygrinter

Cam Woodsum
I've been building digital businesses, wandering the world, and writing about optimizing life for freedom since early 2017. My mission is to lower the barrier for people who want to live with more freedom: whether that be as an entrepreneur, a digital nomad, an early retiree, or just as someone who wants to live a happiness-driven life.