If you want to be happy… get thankful.

Recent psychological studies show that people who “cultivate gratitude” tend to be happier about their lives overall.

Bonnie, here, with a little happiness project for you…

Since it’s the month of Thanksgiving here in the U.S., what better time to make some space for gratitude… and see if it leads to a little extra happiness?

According to happiness and gratitude experts, some easy ways to get grateful – and happy – include:

  1. Keeping a journal to jot down the things you’re thankful for each day.
  2. Sending thank-you notes to people who have helped you. (Bonus happiness points for hand-delivering them.)
  3. Thanking people in your head. Yep, even thinking about thanking people who have helped you gives you a little bump in happiness.
  4. Praying or meditating on those people and things you’re thankful to have in your life. 

For me, happiness is getting into a creative flow with writing or photography. So I’m setting out to combine being thankful with taking photos for… THE ULTIMATE HAPPINESS BOOST!

Starting now…

Today, I’m thankful for: The ability to work from anywhere.

PicMonkey Collage

This happens to be a theme that works well for stock, so I took some photos of myself working at my kitchen table. This is easy to do if you set up a tripod with a timer or use a remote shutter release.

Over the next few days, I’m going to share photos of four more things that I’m thankful for… all photos that I plan to sell, too… and I hope you’ll join me by taking your own photos and then putting them up for sale on stock sites.

Let’s spread this glow-y feeling and take some new photos we can sell while we’re at it!

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