Posts by Forrest Rivers

Forrest Rivers is a seeker and lover of the earth who enjoys hiking with his dog, Abbie. He has appeared on over 55 consciousness-themed podcasts and radio shows. He is the author of The Hippie Revival and Collected Writings, and his forthcoming book, Humanity’s Spiritual Rebirth, is set to be published in 2024. You can reach Forrest through Facebook and his website (forrestrivers.com) and follow his new YouTube channel, Mystic Soul Revival with Forrest Rivers.

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How I Started Appreciating My Life Instead of Wanting to End It

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” ~Willie Nelson

Few things have the power to totally transform one’s life as gratitude. Gratitude is the wellspring of happiness and the foundation of love. It is also the anchor of true faith and genuine humility. Without gratitude, the toxic stew of bitterness, jealousy, and regret boils over inside each of us.

I would know. As a teenager and as a young man, I lived life without gratitude and experienced the terrible pain of doing so.

Outwardly, I appeared to be a friendly, happy, and gracious person. I …