Here are a few ways to create an attitude of gratitude in your life:
1. Keep a gratitude journal. Every day, write about what you're thankful for. It could be a deep reflection or a simple list - whatever fits best for you - as long as you take a few mindful moments to feel your gratitude.
2. Play the stop light game. Instead of tapping the steering wheel impatiently, use each red light as an opportunity to reflect on a different source of gratitude in your life. Not only will this boost your happiness, it'll also diffuse the stress that so often accompanies getting to-and-from these days.
3. Say your daily "thanks." Each day, give a simple, out-of-the-blue thank you to someone in your life. It could be an email, phone call, card, or good, old-fashioned letter. Just a quick connection to let that person know something specific for which you're thankful will do the trick.
4. Make a gratitude visit. Here's one adapted from positive psychology pioneer Martin Seligman's book, Flourish: Choose one person for whom you're grateful and write a detailed and heartfelt letter to that person describing why. Then, make an appointment to visit him or her and read the letter out loud, word-for-word, in his or her presence. Powerful warm fuzzies are practically guaranteed on both sides.
5. Share anticipations and appreciations. Create a ritual of talking about one Appreciation (something you're thankful for) and one Anticipation (something you're looking forward to) each day. This is a great dinner table activity for families but it also works well to start off the day or as a pre-bed ritual.
Did I miss anything? Please share your own ideas for bolstering your feelings of gratitude in the comments below.