The One Thing Successful People Do to Feel Happier and Healthier



When was the last time you felt at peace? I know that's a loaded question—and I really got to the point right out of the gate—but it's an important one to reflect on. In a society that glorifies the frazzled spectacle of being busy and forever runs on an emotionally charged news cycle, it feels as though the act of being at peace is a luxury that's always just out of reach. We react more than we reflect, we post more than we postulate, and we're exhausted more than we're fulfilled. So what do we do?

Well, if real life were a movie, then this would be the part of the story where you could stay up all night writing a life-changing mission statement or packing your bags for an eye-opening year abroad. But since this isn't Jerry Maguire or Eat, Pray, Love, your options are a lot less glamorous. Instead, they involve getting acquainted with a single but impactful word: gratitude.

Gratitude is the practice of being thankful, and in the rush of modern life, it can seem like a quaint idea—or at least something that should be saved for when you're giving an acceptance speech. But the truth is, gratitude is an action that should be practiced every day, and in so doing, it will help you feel more at peace with your present self. It's easy to get started: Focus on the first small thing that comes to mind.

"Allow yourself to get to the space of a good feeling, I don't care what that good feeling is," Oprah Winfrey said in a Life Class episode about gratitude. "A good feeling increases more good feelings."

Here are 20 ways to practice more gratitude in your life, so that the days are slower, your mind is calmer, and your world feels more at peace.