My Equation for Happiness

Gratefulness + Thankfulness = Happiness

For most of us, this season of Thanksgiving may not be as festive as most years. Due to the pandemic, many of us can not be with family and friends and

this may bring about sadness, anxiety, and depression. Even though we may be on

our own or with less than a handful of family members, positive psychologists

confirm that one aspect of the Thanksgiving season can actually make us feel good, and that’s expressing gratitude.

When you take a few minutes to write down the things you feel grateful for

in the morning, you’ll find yourself off to a better day. When you write a few

bullet points about what you are grateful for at night, you’ll sleep better.

In my favorite book of all time, The How of Happiness," Sonja

Lyubomirsky says:

“Expressing gratitude is a lot more than saying thank you. Emerging research has recently started to draw attention to its multiple benefits. People who are consistently grateful have been found to be relatively happier, more energetic, and more hopeful and to report experiencing more frequent positive emotions. They also tend to be more helpful and empathic, more spiritual and religious, more forgiving, and less materialistic than others who are less predisposed to gratefulness. Furthermore, the more a person is inclined to gratitude, the less likely he or she is to be depressed, anxious, lonely, envious or neurotic.”

This Thanksgiving, maybe you can’t be with someone you love, but you can

write a thank you note, a gratefulness letter or send them good thoughts or a

prayer of faith, hope and love.

On this Thanksgiving and always, remember this simple equation:

Gratefulness + Thankfulness = Happiness.