Several years ago I was glancing through a magazine, Time perhaps, which had a report on the 'Happiest nations in the world'. One nation caught my attention for it seemed out of place in the top 10. Bangladesh. How would you explain this tiny impoverished nation, ravaged every year by cyclones and floods, ranked high for happiness? So, I read on. The report suggested that these people tend to be grateful for what they have. Remembering what is going right in one's life emerges gratitude, a dominant contributor to happiness. I came to realize that taking things for granted or 'entitlement' has the opposite effect, putting a damper on one's happiness.
On the occasion of Thanksgiving Day here in America, here are 6 habits of highly grateful people, therefore, very happy people:
- Once in a while, think what if a person(s) or thing in your life was gone
- Take time to appreciate the little things in life, like a nice warm shower on a cold day
- Take the good things as gifts, not birthrights
- Be grateful to people, more than things, as an expression of gratitude makes them come light up
- When you thank someone, be specific about what they did, like bringing medicine when you were sick
- Thank adverse situations, like loss of job, or humiliation, because they teach you lessons that you would've never got