Christmas is the time for giving. Many of us are rushing around buying and wrapping presents for other people and feeling good about it. But how many of us spend a few moments every day thinking about the things we are thankful or grateful for?

Research has shown that having the experience of being thankful or appreciative of something or someone is the best way to increase a feeling of happiness. Keeping a “gratitude or thankful” journal can increase happiness in as short a time as two weeks.

I often suggest that my clients make a note of three to five things everyday that they are grateful for. It doesn’t have to be anything huge, it can be something as simple as: “I’m grateful for clouds, cats or tomato sauce”!  The change they report in their level of happiness always surprises me, and them. So on Christmas Day when you open that notebook and pen that in the past you’ve had no idea what to do with, how about starting a gratitude journal?

Have a lovely festive season, and remember:

“Mindfully counting your blessings is like watering seeds in your heart” – Jon Kabat-Zinn