We’ve all heard the saying ‘the grass is always greener on the other side.’ That’s because the human mind naturally tends to focus on the negative rather than the positive. It’s easier for us to feel unhappy that our house is smaller than our neighbors than to feel happy that we are not homeless and have plenty to eat. But a daily practice of gratitude can help shift that balance and increase our happiness!
A great way to start is with the simple ‘Three Good Things’ technique: At the end of every day, set aside 5 or 10 minutes to look back on your day.
Write down 3 things that went well for you that day and reflect on how those things increased the positives in your life. These good things can be big or small. It doesn’t matter if they are major life events. The point is to create a regular habit of noticing and appreciating the positives in your life.