Hi there, I am Pritesh — maker of the Gratitude app, a Completely Private Journal app that reminds you to be grateful during the day.
The Gratitude app was born out of a personal need and I had initially built the app for myself. In June 2017, I and my family (my parents and my younger sister) were struggling with many problems.
We were in a constant state of negativity, frustration, and anxiety. My dad was a victim of politics at his job, my mother was not keeping well, my sister and I were struggling at our jobs and figuring out what to do.
It felt as if we were constantly attracting negativity and things felt like they were becoming even worse.
We consulted spiritual healers, went through therapy; I personally attended mind power workshops, read a lot of self-help books, and even asked for help from friends and family.
I won’t deny that reading the book ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne had a huge positive impact on me.
While doing all these, I actively started to change my thoughts to positive, to count my blessings. I really understood and absorbed the fact that if I keep complaining about the things that I lack, no matter what I achieve, I’ll continue to be anxious or worrying about things that I lack(at that time).
More importantly, I realized that the most important reason for staying unhappy was when we spent all the time thinking about “I” or “me” or “myself” — being self-centered.
I started writing and expressing thanks for the little things that happened to me. It wasn’t easy. It was difficult at the start. In fact, at the beginning things seem to feel even worse.
Because, I was expecting things to change sooner and when that didn’t happen early on, I started questioning the whole concept of Gratitude. But I wondered, what is the harm in doing it anyway? There’s nothing to lose.
Right now, I’m not exaggerating when I say that I feel magical after expressing, writing, and harboring Grateful thoughts. I eventually succeeded in convincing my family too to try and focus on the positive, and now after quite a hard time, all of us are doing great.
Over time, I think we realized that we shouldn’t be chasing the wrong things and attach our happiness to them.
I built this app because I wanted a private place to write my grateful thoughts, to remind me to focus on the positive, and to give it colors. The app has been my happy place.
Here are some of my journal entries from the Gratitude app.