I know that probably sounds very woo woo or simplistic to you but don't you think that it's possible?

I believe it is. Having just turned my 6th decade a bit before a holiday of gratefulness I do truly believe it.

All the big Positive Psychology gurus will attest to this. They have done many studies and proven that being grateful every day can change your life. There are other things of course, as well, but this article is about gratefulness.

-Grateful you made it to you next birthday.

-Grateful you can get out of bed in the morning, grateful you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner if you so chose.

-Grateful you can read or listen to this article.

-Gratefulness is pretty simple when you think about it.

Do you keep a Gratitude list by any chance? You can do this every night before you go to sleep or every morning. Do it every day or once week or even once a month. Just taking the time to write what you are grateful for, or recording it, can change your life.

I travel quite a bit and just got back from 2 third world countries. One of the many things that amazed me (although it shouldn't have) is how happy these people are. And most of these people have very little in the way of what most of us feel is necessary.

Their homes are very humble, their lives are very humble. They work harder than most of us would dream of physically, and not just the young people.

But they smile at you always! From what I saw and heard from people who spoke English, they are happy people.

Maybe happier than we are? I don't know the answer to that. I guess the answer could be 'maybe'.

Are you as happy as you want to be? If so, wonderful. Spread it around to others. Smile at people you see as you go through your day.

If you wish you were happier then what are you going to do about it? It's all in your own hands you know. At least I believe it is.

As I said earlier, simply smiling at people will make you feel better. Act as IF you are happy and you might be surprised how well that works. You'll also get a great response from other people around you. Try it and see and let me know how it goes.

Being happy is free, no charge to you or anyone. Be grateful will make you happier, my promise to you, and it's also free!

My wish to you for this next day, week, month and year is to acknowledge the wonder around you and your life and be grateful.

Author's Bio: 

Do you have the Moxie it takes to start and sustain a thriving coaching business? Find out at http://moxiemastermind.com Kim Kirmmse Toth transitioned from 23 years as Licensed Clinical Social Worker to building a high 5 to 6 figure coaching business while enjoying her free time doing the things she loves. If you are a savvy woman (or even gentleman) and a heart-centered solopreneur who wishes to grow an exceptional, heart based on-line business, let Kim show you the way at http://www.positiveaginginc.com.