Episode 16

Published on:

4th Apr 2023

Practicing Gratitude

On today's episode of the The Happiness Squad, Ashish and Anil sit down to discuss Ashish's book, 'Hardwired for Happiness.' Specifically, they discuss the benefits that come from developing a feeling of gratitude in your life. As the Willie Nelson quote says, "When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around."

During the episode, Ashish and Anil discuss the resonance of positive versus negative thoughts and comments, and how you can use gratitude to amplify the positive in your life.

They offer some thoughts on the amount of disillusionment that exists in the world, particularly in young people. They discuss a CDC report indicating that, in 2021, an estimated one in three teenage girls contemplated suicide.

They also explain why, when we are in the midst of doing amazing things, a small difficulty or obstacle will often appear, leaving us frustrated and disillusioned.

Join Ashish and Anil for this fascinating discussion.

What You’ll Learn in this Show:

  • Why the first practice is simply being aware.
  • The power of a gratitude journal.
  • The importance of having an attitude of gratitude.
  • Ashish’s practice of upgrading our brains and developing a positivity bias vs. a negativity bias.
  • And so much more...


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About the Podcast

The Happiness Squad
Welcome to Happiness Squad.

This is the podcast dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential by mastering the art and science of happiness.

We bring on the best leading experts on these topics to help you unlock your true potential and live with more joy, health, love, and meaning in your life.

Your host is no other than Ashish Kothari who is on a mission to provide you with an unfair advantage to be the masters of your experience and leaders in your industry.

Get ready to be moved, challenged, and enlightened on this podcast. It may change your life.

Thanks for being here and joining the squad!
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About your hosts

Ashish Kothari

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Ashish Kothari is the founder and CEO of Happiness Squad, a company focused on democratizing happiness and touching a billion+ lives over the next 20 years and helping them live with more joy, health, love, and meaning.

Prior to founding Happiness Squad and writing his best-selling book “Hardwired for happiness”, Ashish spent 25 years in consulting, including the last 17 at McKinsey and Co, a premier management consulting firm, helping thousands of clients and their organizations achieve breakthrough performance by building new mindsets and capabilities.

Ashish is a trained ontological coach and a lifelong student of human thriving.

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Anil Ramjiani is an experienced senior leader at Nike, Inc., most recently as the Commercial Director managing key athlete partnerships and business with Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, and Marcus Rashford.

Anil's passion is grounded in empowering people, unlocking potential, and driving performance. He has worked in consulting and corporate across the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia acquiring over 20 years of experience in strategy, brand, and general management at IBM, Adidas, and Nike.

He created the podcast and platform Live. Breathe. Believe., to enable reflection, motivation, and inspiration for his peers. #Knowyoutobeyou!