It's all about being happy
Published on 02 Sep 2014
It was Saturday, and he so much wanted to sleep in, but he had to pick up a photo for work. It was cold, grey and damp when David headed across town.
"I don't know what possessed me," he writes, "but I decided to start counting things along the way that made me happy. I just wanted to see how many pleasing things I came across."
First on his list – a mother pushing a baby in a pram. "That little face just made me smile!" Then he saw a jet in the sky, and marvelled at the wonders of flight. And so it went on – the sizzling smells of restaurants to eye-catching shop-window displays – David acknowledged one thing after another that brightened his mood. By the time he picked up the photo he was glad he lived in Manhatten.
"I was reminded that I lived in an exciting, interesting and invigorating place," he says. "Whenever I'm feeling down, I do this. It makes me feel better."
It's been more than 20 years since David took his "Walk of Thanks" across the city. Now he's a successful entrepreneur in the media business and says his 'gratitude-stroll' helps him stay focused to this day.
Science is now proving what David discovered in his city-walk: Feeling grateful can actually make us healthier – literally!
Why don't you start a gratitude journal today?