Rick Foster and Greg Hicks set out on a three-year journey to study extremely happy people. In their book How we Choose to be Happy, they found that there are 9 choices happy people make. One of those nine is to practice appreciation.
Happy people actively exercise gratitude and choose to live with an attitude of gratitude. They don't buy into what geneticists say, that we have an unmovable “happiness set-point.” The happiest people, according to behaviorists, can move beyond that biological setpoint through practices such as yoga and gratitude meditation. In fact, many studies suggest that gratitude can bring a positive mindset.
This means that by learning to practice active gratitude, we can actually raise our “happiness set-point,” regardless of the situation.
Who else knew what brings about lasting happiness, no matter the circumstance?
The mystic Rumi suggests the answer when he says, “Work in the invisible world at least as hard as you do in the visible.” The invisible world is within you, and it’s where lasting happiness resides.
Besides a higher happiness set-point, other benefits of gratitude include: