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Happiness – Maybe It’s Not a Pursuit and We Already Caught It!

Happiness – Maybe It’s Not a Pursuit and We Already Caught It!

By Susan Williams

The pursuit of happiness.

It’s such a simple phrase but can be loaded with some significant expectations.

It is so easy to overlook and not appreciate what is already in our lives as we pursue our own views of what we believe will make us happy. 

But is happiness truly a pursuit or is it really to be found in the appreciation and gratitude of what we already have?

According to The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, the act of practicing gratitude can actually bring you happiness.  In fact, not only can it bring you happiness but it can also help you sleep better, improve your health, make us more resilient and strengthen relationships – just to name a few of the benefits.

So, how can we express gratitude?

It’s easy.  

There really aren’t any ‘rules’ to expressing gratitude.  Practicing gratitude is mainly about taking the time to reflect and be grateful for what you already have in your life.  You can write a list of things you are grateful for and add to it each day, thank the people that you are grateful to have in your life or give to others are just some examples of how you can express your gratitude.

The following video is a great example of how expressing gratitude not only makes you feel happier but when you share it with people you are grateful for how much happier it also makes them feel.

Who knows, maybe by not focusing on pursuing happiness outside ourselves so aggressively we may actual discover we had it in us all along.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.