- Committing to your goals
- Expressing gratitude
- Savoring life's joys
- Doing more activities that truly engage you
One of my goals is actually to be more aware of my blessings. (How fitting to the above!) The author discusses how gratitude affects happiness in more detail in her book. I highlighted those reasons below (4.83-84):
- "Grateful thinking promotes the savoring of positive life experiences."
- "Expressing gratitude bolsters self-worth and self-esteem."
- "Gratitude helps people cope with stress and trauma."
- "The expression of gratitude encourages moral behavior."
- "Gratitude can help build social bonds, strengthening existing relationships and nurturing new ones."
- "Expressing gratitude tends to inhibit invidious comparisons with others."
- "The practice of gratitude is incompatible with negative emotions and may actually diminish or deter such feelings as anger, bitterness, and greed."
- "Gratitude helps us thwart hedonic adaptation." (← our natural ability to adjust to changing circumstances)
In the book, the author suggests writing down what you are grateful for once a week and I'm challenging myself (and you!) to blog every week of what I'm grateful for....starting tomorrow.