Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 2.59.56 PMA happiness ritual is a strategy or activity undertaken to maintain or increase happiness in the short and long term. Throughout LEAP Bali (26th – 31st July) we will be introducing various happiness rituals for you to incorporate into your daily life, for a happier, more positive you, adapted from Sonja Lyubomirsky’s book The How of Happiness. Lyubomirsky compiled these after conducting and reviewing years of research about what distinguishes happy from unhappy people.

For now, here’s a happiness ritual we think could improve your mood! Give it a try and let us know what you think.

A Gratitude Attitude Boosts Happiness

Robert Emmons, prominent researcher on the topic of gratitude, describes it as “a sense of wonder, thankfulness and appreciation for life.” Expressing gratitude has many positive impacts, including helping us to cope with stress and trauma, building quality relationships, it boosters self worth and self esteem, promotes a growth mindset and helps us limit the comparisons we make to others. People who are consistently grateful have been found to be relatively happier, more energetic and more optimistic about the future. They have also been found to be more empathetic, more forgiving and less materialistic than others who are less grateful.

3 quick tips on promoting a gratitude attitude

1. Keep a gratitude journal, write down the things you are grateful for each day

2. Write your “oscar speech”, thanking those that you are grateful for

3. Write a letter to someone you are grateful for, telling them why you are happy they are in your life