I talk a lot about gratitude.
On this blog, in my upcoming book (SQUEEEE!!), in the weekly challenges, and pretty much any chance I get.
Gratitude is a life changer.
Scientists and psychologists have done a ton of research, and time and time again they’ve proven that practicing gratitude is, in a nutshell, a good thing. They key word there is practice.
When these research studies are done, participants are asked to write down or in some way log that for which they are grateful. They don’t just fee grateful, they practice it. That, I’m convinced, is the key to gratitude that changes a life.
And that’s why I’m obsessed with the Happier app.
Happier is an iPhone app (sorry Android and flip-phone users) that asks you to record moments that make you happier. You can take a picture or write up a little bit of text, and then you save the moments in collections. The collections let you see what kind of things make you happy a lot.
Happier encourages you to log three happy moments a day, a number that all those researchers seem to agree is the best for maximum happiness boosting. You can share your happiness moments with other users, post them to Facebook and Twitter, or just keep them as private memories for yourself. Whatever you do with them, it’s the recording that makes a difference.
Actually, it’s the noticing that makes a difference.
Because I have this digital collection to fill, I find I’m more likely to go out looking for things to be grateful for. I noticed the same affect when I was doing weekly happiness highlights here on this site. Knowing I have a gratitude practice to keep up puts me into happiness seeking mode. It shifts my perspective, and that shifts everything.
The Happier app is free, and I highly recommend checking it out if you have an iOS device.
Don’t have an iOS device? Nothing wrong with a notebook and pen!
Do you have a gratitude practice yet?
Happier was founded by the woman who gave me my very first writing gig, Nataly Kogan. That’s a happy coincidence, since I have absolutely nothing to do with Happier except for being an early adopter and avid user. I wasn’t paid for this post. In fact, they don’t even know I wrote it.