A Super-Simple Way I Get Happy

By Anna Soref, Editor in Chief

I’m no Pollyanna, but lately I find myself giving thanks for all the riches of my life—a lot. Like at least a few times a day. It happens like this:

Sitting in my living room, I look around and feel thankful that I have a dedicated space that welcomes relaxation and community—instead of wishing for a bigger, better living room.

I give thanks for having healthy, happy kids—instead of worrying or wishing for what they could be or achieve.

You probably get the picture.

It’s amazing how these little tweaks in thinking have increased my happiness tremendously over the past five years or so. Growing amounts of research support this experience.

According to Harvard Medical School, “Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”

Want to jump-start your gratitude cultivation? Try this:

Every night write down three things for which you are thankful.

Want to power-boost it?

Make a deal with a friend to share these items every morning via text, e-mail, phone—over the backyard fence, or any way!

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