Happy people count their blessings. Instead of coming from a place of what they don’t have, happy people come from a place of what they do have. Life is good, we just need to see it. Life is complex and beautiful and complicated and wonderful. It isn’t just about saying thank you, is also about appreciating the beauty in our world. Enjoy simple pleasures and express gratitude daily. Even better if you can do it throughout the day.

When I am faced with life’s challenges, I try to remember that I am going to learn something from the experience. I now welcome the challenges – when they are over, I come out a stronger and more in touch with myself. I always gain so much, even when it feels bad or painful when I am going through it. One thing that I have tried to do is reframe how I think about negative situations. For instance, it is raining on a day when you had plans to go for a hike. You can look at it like, “yes, I would have loved to go hiking today, but instead, I can get together for tea with a friend and catch up.” There is always a positive to every negative.

How can you practice gratitude? It is very simple. You simply find the good in life and say thanks. If you need a more concrete exercise, keep a gratitude journal, write a list of 5 things you are grateful for every day, give compliments, go to bed each night with a grateful thought, take a walk and take in your surroundings, engage your senses. There are so many simple ways to practice gratitude.

Today, I want you to find at least one thing to be grateful for. Write it down and put it some place where you will see it all day. Let it be a reminder for you to say thanks throughout the day.