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t’s easy to be grateful when life is giving you roses. The task becomes more complicated when you’re feeling the sting of the thorns. But according to Dr. John Demartini in his new book The Gratitude Effect, we must be grateful for everything in our lives – the good and the bad, the black and the white, the happy and the sad – in order to deal with everyday challenges in a way that brings fulfillment and inner peace. According to Demartini, who’s appeared on Larry King Live, recently featured in the blockbuster movie The Secret, and appearing in the upcoming Canadian production The Opus, you experience the ‘Gratitude Effect’ when you realize an event you perceived as a crisis, was in fact, a blessing. In his book, Demartini shares the stories of people who overcame major disappointments by finding the perfection in the events of their lives, even though at some point they never thought that it could be possible. He describes how he personally overcame major obstacles and used them to fuel himself to great new heights.


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When he was almost 7 years old, he was told that he would never read, write or speak very well, nor would he ever amount to anything or go very far. He left home as a very young teenager and ended up surfing in Hawaii. Following a life threatening crisis at age 17, he was catapulted into a new life, inspired with a powerful mission to research and teach the perfection that is present in our every day lives. Since 1978, contrary to his teachers’ beliefs, Demartini has written dozens of books, and traveled the world

lifestyle teaching and working with millions of people. Through his books, seminars and media appearances Demartini has reached hundreds of millions of people with his philosophy.

Taking stock Take a look back into your own life – did you have a relationship that you felt ‘broke your heart’ yet may have cleared the way for a beautiful new one, much more in line with who you are? Or maybe your lack of athleticism as a child fuelled you to excel at your studies so that you could shine academically? Maybe you were teased a lot for your clothes and are now a successful fashion consultant fully inspired to help others prevent similar situations? What may have seemed to be a crisis or pain at the time, in retrospect proved to be a great gift.

Instead of being weighed down by life’s events, you are lifted up.

Creating abundance Gratitude brings us into our hearts and decreases the distracting ‘brain noise’ we create from continually rehashing old scenarios in our mind and reliving the anger or pain. You’ve undoubtedly heard the saying, “what we think about we bring about”, which is the principle connected to the laws of attraction described in the movie The Secret. Demartini writes that when we are grateful, our thoughts automatically make us feel more abundant, more fulfilled and more lovable. This, in turn, will attract more of the same in our lives. The Gratitude Effect offers some simple yet transformative exercises to get you to

Each time you take the opportunity to be grateful for: who you are, what you do, and what you have in your life, you increase your energy. Increase your vitality All of us have experienced challenges or ‘bad’ things in our lives. As we get older, this can considerably burden us with fear, decrease our vitality and create diseases. The cumulative effect impedes our ability to appreciate life. According to Demartini, we are wise to transform our crises into blessings; and challenges into opportunities. Each time you take the opportunity to be grateful for: who you are, what you do, and what you have in your life, claims Demartini, you increase your energy.

think in a way that will lighten up your life. It’s not very complicated, what you require is simply the desire to do them. The book is filled with anecdotes and examples that will entertain and inspire you along the way. When you take the time and implement your discipline to do the exercises, you’ll start impacting your life immediately. H&L Dr. John Demartini’s newest book The Gratitude Effect, from Canadian publisher Burman Books is available in stores and online. To learn more about Dr. Demartini’s work and speaking engagements visit

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Dr Demartini featured article in Canadian Health & Lifestyle magazine titled 'The Gratitude Effect'