One simple weekly act can boost happiness, according to one researcher. Credit: Getty Images
Is the search for happiness over? Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky at the University of California, Riverdale thinks she has the answer.
Lyubomirksy, author of "The How of Happiness," oversaw a series of experiments monitoring what made people feel more optimistic. One that proved successful is the simple act of writing down what you're thankful for once a week.
Lyubomirksy recommends keeping what she calls a "gratitude journal," listing things that happened during the week you are thankful for. The list doesn't have to be all life-changing occurrences. It can consist of small things, such as the chance to catch up with a friend over a cup of coffee.
Another route to happiness Lyubomirksy found as a result of her experiments is that people who are more likely to give to others are happier than those who don't. She found that when someone did something kind for someone else, it boosted their mood and made them feel generally happier.