The Happiness Lab Delegate's Guide Chapter 1 — Gratitude & Savouring - Page 4

01 12 Happiness Experiments I n his book Affluenza, Oliver James suggests that many people are infected by the disease of wanting to consume as much as possible. Those who suffer from this ailment often exhibit signs of profound emotional distress. What James goes on to observe is that those who have developed the capacity to be thankful and savour the good things that they have remain well. So, how do you develop these disciplines? Keep a gratitude journal The benefit of doing this is that it encourages a routine of reflection and acknowledgment of the good things that have happened recently, and acts as a memory bank for when good experiences are less frequent. Say “thank you” more These are two of the most powerful words that we can say to someone. Make it a habit of going through each day expressing your gratitude. Thank-you meal Plan a meal with those who have been kind to you. Celebrate special days There are certain days that we should celebrate. They are days to look forward to and prepare for; days that create good memories that we can dine on for weeks, if not years, to come. Share the experience with others There is enormous joy in reminiscing with others who have been involved in an adventure, or in simply sharing your first-hand experience of something with friends. Write a gratitude letter There is enormous joy received in dropping a line to someone and expressing your thanks for something good they have done – however little it may seem. Make a gratitude visit Identified as one of the most powerful happiness boosters, visit someone who has been good to you in some way and say thank you. Engage all your senses in the moments of today.