Become more thankful by “mental subtraction”

We can increase our feeling of gratitude by reflecting on what our world would be like without those things we cherish the most. In New Happiness Strategy: Mentally subtract the positive from your life published at, Ryan M. Niemiec describes a technique for mentally removing the best things from our lives and visualizing what we would lack without them. Niemiec observes that this “back-door intervention for boosting gratitude” can help us rediscover “the myriad of good people in our life, the many little (and big) accomplishments we have had, and the many freedoms that exist in our country.”

Paul wrote, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thess. 5:18, KJV).