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You can’t be grateful and unhappy at the same time.

Researcher Brené Brown has studied happiness for nearly 20 years, conducting in-depth interviews with thousands of individuals. Over the years, she has identified one significant difference between happy people and unhappy people: Happy people are grateful for what they have. Whatever they have, they are grateful for it. Instead of focusing on what they don’t have, or what they might not have, or how dreadful their future might look, they focus on the present moment and the blessings in their lives. So, anytime we feel stressed or blue, especially during the holiday season, we can pause and create a 10-item gratitude list. Nothing chases away the holiday blues faster than gratitude.

Just for Today
Create a ten-item ‘holiday gratitude’ list.