Should We Be Grateful Life Is Hard? Burying Two Beloved Pets Were Two Of The Toughest Days Ever Not a trick question. Bottom line, life is hard. Therefore, we can either be grateful or ungrateful. Can you imagine living a hard life AND being ungrateful? Perhaps the depths of our grief stem from the heights of our joy. Next Blog By jeff noel Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites. View all of jeff noel's posts.