Accept–then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it …This will miraculously transform your whole life.         Eckhart Tolle

The practice of gratitude is a powerful force that can be a state of mind as well as a way of life. Being grateful for what you have, instead of worrying about what you lack, enables you to let go of negative thoughts and attitudes and to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Being grateful increases feelings of love, knowingness, and awareness.

When you’re grateful for the good things in your life, you manifest more good things for which to be grateful. You should try to find something to be grateful for in every experience. Engaging in an act of gratitude may often restore balance and perspective. Grateful people are happier, healthier, less depressed, less stressed, and more satisfied with their lives and relationships.

When you practice an “attitude of gratitude,” you may feel you have more control over your environment and your stressors; have a greater, clearer sense of purpose; and discover a greater sense of self-acceptance. If you adopt the idea that your thoughts have energy and create your reality, then an attitude of gratefulness and a sense of pleasure with your life will help create more of the same.

Practicing acts of altruism or kindness can be a powerful happiness booster. Completing five kind acts a day (or over a period of a week) provides a measurable boost in happiness. Being generous and compassionate makes people happy, being kind brings joy to yourself and others, and making other people happy proves to be a fast track to happiness with long-lasting effects.

Almost all of us feel happier when we have nurturing relationships with other people. Happy people cultivate and care for their friendships, families, romantic relationships, and marriages. Healthy relationships are linked to strong immunity and therefore to overall good health.

Happiness doesn’t come entirely from within, but by changing your thinking and engaging in actions that increase your happiness and health, you will benefit not only yourself but also your family, friends, and clients. These actions include practicing gratitude; developing social connections; managing stress; focusing on the present moment; committing to goals; and taking care of your body, mind, and spirit.

Let Your Senses Be Your Guide

Every day, list one thing about each of your five senses that makes you happy.

For example:

Sight: your clean desk or some of your favorite photos

Smell: the scent of lavender added to your bath

Hearing: the sound of birds chirping

Taste: your first sip of your morning coffee

Touch: cool sheets on a warm night