Do you know what makes you happy? Do you know WHY it makes you happy?
A recent study showed that performing certain tasks can absolutely increase happiness, and gratitude appears to be a key ingredient.
People were asked to write and then deliver a letter of gratitude in person to someone who had been especially kind to them but had never been properly thanked. Other participants were asked to write down three things that went well each day and their causes every night for one week. Others were asked to use one of their top strengths in a new and different way every day for one week.
These three exercises increased happiness and decreased depressive symptoms. Showing gratitude and using our strengths in new ways: That sounds like fun to me.