That’s the science behind how to be happy, healthy and have more friends. And, it’s actual science. What you focus on actually increases. It also increases happiness in others.
The starting point is gratitude. Doing a small act of kindness for no reason has a multiplier effect. Kindness is contagious.
What about hitting a low point when it seems there is nothing to feel good about?
An attitude of gratitude can be cultivated. Often, it is necessary to do so because it is easier to be focussed on lack rather than on blessings. But what is an attitude? To me, it means having a mindset or thought pattern that resonates in the heart. When the heart and mind join forces that creates an attitude.
There are a few ways to start creating the attitude of gratitude. Saying prayers of thanks, or positive affirmations are good place. A handwritten thank you letter is always appreciated by the receiver. Anything that refocuses on good things.
Gratitude is more than having a positive attitude. It is a deeper level of thought and feeling. This is a values based approach – where even in negative circumstances, a kernel of benefit can be gleaned.
Gratitude is a verb – it is the expression of thankfulness.