In The Summer Of 2014 Scott Colby took a trip to Guatemala to help build schools with Hug It Forward that would change his life forever. During his time in Guatemala, he became close with both the students and parents of the students, and was shocked by their overall positive demeanor.
Each family came from a place of struggle, having little access to clean water, not much food, and living in small run down single room homes. However, their attitude towards life seemed to emphasize gratitude and graciousness and lacked the common negativity or "grass is always greener" mindset that we see here in America. They didn't seem to care about material possessions (no iPhones or TV!); they were content with what they had and thrilled with their new school.
That trip to Guatemala left Scott feeling conflicted upon his return to Colorado. He couldn't understand why the kids and parents in Guatemala seemed so happy, despite having so little, and yet a large percentage of people here in America struggle to feel even slightly content on a daily basis.