There’s nothing like a little thankfulness to boost your mood. Research shows expressing gratitude can make you happier.

coffee-2608864_1920I am really bad at writing down things I’m thankful for at the end of each day as most research will say is best, but I do write down my blessings when I’m feeling under the weather and it does make me feel better, even if the practice isn’t a regular one.

This year, I must say that I have a surplus of blessings. I got married to a wonderful man in the spring. My child got accepted into the arts program for high-school. I have two great step-kids. I have a new cat from early this year who brings me a lot of joy. We purchased and moved into our first home.

What are your blessings?

Being on the receiving end of someone else’s gratitude also does wonder to boost your mood. A coworker came to my cubicle and told me they were completely discouraged faced with all the technical issues after a large update. At first, my heart sunk, as I know that feeling is shared by everyone and I’m responsible for fixing all of these technical issues. My coworker then went on saying that she was thinking about me and that unlike her, I have to deal with everyone’s issues and stress. She wanted to take the time to say that she admired me. That moment took me by surprise and made my day. It felt good to know that someone else realizes the stress load and the responsibility that rest on my shoulder without taking me for granted or expecting miracles.