Risk & Business Magazine McFarlan Rowlands Magazine Winter 2018 | Page 12

HAPPY TO BE HEALTHY A Visit To The Hospital Reminds Me Of How Happy I Am To Be Healthy A ncient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree: gratitude is a key ingredient to a happy life. Research shows that people who cultivate gratitude get a boost in happiness and optimism, feel more connected to other people, are better-liked 12 Photo Credit: Harpo Inc. / George Burns and have more friends, and are more likely to help others. They even sleep better and have fewer headaches. Nevertheless, I find it… challenging to cultivate a grateful frame of mind. I find it all too easy to fail to appreciate all the things I feel grateful for—from pervasive, basic things like electricity and elevators, to personal aspects of my life such as the fact that I get to collaborate with my sister on our podcast, to little passing joys, like a funny thing my dog did. I get preoccupied with petty grievances and minor annoyances and forget just how much happiness I already have. One thing I forget to be grateful for? My