Practice gratitude daily and increase your happiness.
Perhaps no single exercise leads to as big a happiness boost as the practice of gratitude. It has proven benefits such as:
- More energy
- More forgiving attitudes
- Less depression
- Less anxiety
- Greater feeling of social connectivity
- Better sleep
- Fewer headaches
Studies show that people who simply wrote down five things they were thankful for from the previous week experienced a 25% difference in happiness levels compared to people who wrote down five negative things from the week. They also exercised more and said they felt healthier.
Every morning or evening, write five to 10 things that happened to you in the last 24 hours that you are grateful for.