The #1 Practice to Increase Your Happiness

People often comment that I'm happy. (Often in a "how can I get some of that" sort of way.)

And I started thinking about why.

After all, I have a full range of emotions <grin>.  It isn't like I never feel sadness, anger, insecurity, depression, shame...

If I were to identify the practice that has the greatest impact to my personal happiness, I would have to say it is gratitude.

It started in high school.  Someone shared with me the idea that none of this is actually ours. That we are just stewards. I believed it, and adopted that posture. It didn't matter how small what I had was or if a girl sitting at another desk had more. I trained myself to say "thank you" (and to thank God that Desk Girl had what she had too so that I could be genuinely happy for her and not feel jealous.)

The result is that it is rare for me to think in terms of lack.

Shifting our thoughts to thanking someone for all of the things that come through our hands makes us better at seeing.  Noticing the small beauties and joys makes life feel abundant. 

Bob Proctor writes, "Gratitude is an attitude that hooks us up to our source of supply. And the more grateful you are, the closer you become to your maker, to the architect of the universe, to the spiritual core of your being. It’s a phenomenal lesson."

I know from a lifetime of practicing it, that this is true.

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