One of the most reliable ways to boost your health, happiness, and connection with others is also one of the simplest: giving thanks.
Keeping a gratitude journal and writing your thoughts on paper allows you to consciously note your appreciation for all the good things and people in your life, research suggests. When you’re scared or angry, practicing gratitude in this way can help you put things into perspective, ease your anxiety, and improve your mood.
But recognizing what you’re grateful for, and fully appreciating it, takes practice. These tips offer some helpful ways for documenting your gratefulness more frequently — and meaningfully.