Step 2 – Count your blessings

It might sound trite, but being thankful for what you have makes you happy.

An American study asked a group of people to keep a diary of the things they were grateful for, and another group to write down their hassles.

Those who recorded good things were healthier and more optimistic.

“Before you go to sleep, ask yourself what three things happened today that you’re thankful for, however big or small,” suggests Dr Nick Bayliss, author of The Rough Guide to Happiness. “It helps focus your mind on what’s going well with your life and puts your subconscious in a cheerful state of mind for a better night’s sleep.”

Source: Prima magazine (