My dream is 1 billion happier people.
I began exploring the relationship between gratitude and philanthropic giving while completing my Masters at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since then, I’ve been writing and conducting practice-based gratitude research and teaching the habits of gratefulness - close to fifteen years now. What has emerged is our science-based program, Gratitude At Work. It's a simple, yet innovative approach to thriving leadership and business growth.
I founded Gratitude at Work in 2007 and started hosting conversations in my community which have since grown into work with leaders across Canada and into the United States, shifting cultures, helping leaders and their teams bring more gratitude to work each day.
Don’t blame me for being an electrical engineer. You’ll love the attention to detail and my thoughtful approach to all working relationships. I want to see people spend more time thriving and less time surviving so in early 2019 published my first book, Surviving to Thriving - The 10 Laws of Grateful Leadership.
I’m a son, brother, husband, father and newly minted grandfather. My kids poke fun at my gratitude work (air quotes). In 2017, I was awarded the highest earned designation in professional speaking (CSPTM) and I recently created STATUSGROTM to give everyone easy on-line access to the secrets of gratitude and thriving leadership. I’m a lifelong resident of Halifax, Nova Scotia (let me know if you visit) and doing my part to make my community a better place to live.
A lot of people have asked me how am I going to realize my dream of one billion happier people and how will you measure it. I've been pretty clear, "I really have no idea but I do know this - it's going to take a movement of people to do it and we can't wait to figure it all out before getting started."
So please join our mighty network of believers in the power of gratitude and together let's reach one billion happier people.
To my parents, friends, colleagues and fellow believers in the power of gratitude to transform our world - thank you. As I was reminded of my own written words, "knowledge is the lowest form of commitment" I am grateful to each of you do something with what you know about making gratitude a way of life. And just like we discovered when we opened 100 doors, we all have a need to say thanks !