With Canadian Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, I'm reminded of a family tradition that has taken root the last few years. We aren't a religious family so we don't say grace before dinner, but on Thanksgiving we make a point of going around the table and expressing gratitude for something.
When we first started this, I was pleasantly surprised at the wisdom coming from our small children. No coaching required, they seemed to get gratitude and what to be grateful for in a way I would never have expected.
Research shows, it isn't about more money (once you've met your basic needs), or more stuff, happiness is largely driven by community (friends and family), gratitude and generosity to others.
It seems like Thanksgiving is a natural time to improve our happiness.
The pumpkin pie doesn't hurt, either. Mmmmmm, pie.