The Not-So-Secret to Being Happy
The above video by Soul Pancake demonstrate the mind-altering effects of expressing gratitude–an act shown in positive psychology studies to be the supreme happy maker (30% more effective than Mentos).
The short video shows a group of test subjects asked to think of the most influential people in their lives. They were then asked to write a letter expressing why those people were important. The subjects, led to believe the writing was the end of the experiment, were then handed a phone to call their people and read the letter. The results are predictably schmaltzy…and tender and authentic and true. Watch it. It’s a good use of 7:14 minutes.
The video shows that sometimes the urge to add stuff to our lives is a reaction to forgetting the abundance of beautiful people and wealth that already exist in our lives. Sometimes we just need to remind ourselves of that fact.