One of my great finds this year was The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. It's a brilliant work based on psychological research that teaches how to actually, practically become happier.
One of the integral parts of this program is to actively practice the art of being grateful. As Gary Ryan Blair said:
Finding something good in each and every day harnesses the power of gratitude.
With all the opportunities, conditions, and relative luxuries we enjoy, it's baffling to see how stressed and unhappy we generally are. In fact, it's downright shameful. And it seems the more things our culture offers, the more unhappy we become.
It's possible to attain great wealth, the best education, and an exceptional quality of life and still be unhappy.
Frankly, that should be a “duh” moment to all of us. Examples abound. But we still tend to follow those living miserable lives of wealth and see them as “success stories.”
Why are we so stupid? Perhaps because we focus on the wrong things a great deal of the time.
It's time to refocus. Get out a notebook and write down three things you are thankful for. Do the same thing tomorrow and the next day. Do it for 21 days. No repeats. That simple act can do more to boost your mood than a bottle of pills. Seriously.
An attitude of gratitude provides immunity from anger, envy, resentment, and depression.
Take your dose of gratefulness today!
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