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Take a stock of your life. The more the number of things or experiences you have in your life to be thankful for, the bigger is the upper figure in this equation, and the happier you are.
And, the more the number of goals still left unsettled in your day, year, or life, the bigger is the denominator, and smaller the consequent happiness is.
Sonja Lyubomirsky says, “The expression of gratitude is a metastrategy for achieving happiness.”
Robert Emmons, the best known researcher on gratitude defines it as “a felt sense of wonder, thankfulness, and appreciation for life”.
How Can Thankfulness Make You Happier
- When you’re thankful, you take maximum note of the gifts of life. You take immense pleasure in their presence in your life.
- Gratefulness also indirectly appreciates your accomplishments – the things you’re thankful for, are the very things you’ve achieved in your life.
- Thankfulness also breeds generosity in us – as was found in a study. The study pointed out that people who were thankful towards their benefactor were generous towards strangers as well.
- Gratefulness practiced regularly has been shown to reduce overall emotions of negativity, as anger and jealousy. And, perhaps, not so strangely, several studies have shown that even ‘unexpressed’ thankfulness has benefits – those people they feel thankful towards, with them they share a greater bond.
You can be thankful for as simple things as a bright new morning – thankful that you’ve a gift of a promising day, a things millions of people aren’t promised.
Practicing thankfulness is perhaps the ‘easiest’ happiness activity you can do.
So, right now, as you finish reading this: Thank someone for something.
If not to them in person, then at least in your mind. You’ll be happier as a result.
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