Happy Human Habit #7 – Practice Gratitude

This week – Set a trigger – an activity that you do every day no matter what. I.e. brew coffee, wait in line for the elevator, brush your teeth.  When you do that activity name three things that you are grateful for. It can be simple “I’m grateful for shoes” It can be sentimental “I’m grateful that I love my parents” It can be silly “I’m grateful that fruit snacks exist because otherwise my 4 year old might starve” 

Now, I’ll bet there are some of you out there who are rolling your eyes at this point.  I can just hear the internal dialogue…”Bah…such sentimental dribble.”  But there are very few things you can do in 2 minutes a day, that cost nothing, that will have such a profound effect on your health.

A white paper from Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center concluded that instilling gratitude habits can significantly increase happiness, well-being, and positive moods.

Here is the gist of it… “In general, more grateful people are happier, more satisfied with their lives, less materialistic, and less likely to suffer from burnout.”

What are we grateful for?  Why you dear reader.  Thank you for caring enough to read this far.  We thank you for sharing this message with your loved ones.  And, most of all, we thank you for actually applying it to your life.