The “If I could only… blah blah blah, then I would be happy?” thoughts that tend to creep up when we see someone else's good fortune.
That 40% has the capacity to change based on our intentional activity. We can manifest change in our own happiness despite our life circumstances by how we view those circumstances and what we chose to focus on.
Spend your time and energy appreciating what you have and fostering gratitude is an excellent intentional activity to start increasing feelings of happiness.
- Keep a journal or diary of what you are grateful for in your life each day. If you are looking for a tool to use, try the Kick Ass Plan. This is what I use to keep my accountable for gratitude as well as my personal and professional goals.
- Write a letter to someone who you have not thanked but who has made an impact in your life.
- Spend a few minutes each day reflecting on what is going well and what you are truly grateful for at the end of each day, by doing it with a friend or family member can also keep you accountable. Here is what I call Fill Your BAG happy that I do with my family each day.