ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It’s time to quit looking past Thanksgiving for the next big holiday. Thanksgiving- the simplest of our holidays- can actually be good for your health.

“Gratitude itself is arguably the simplest and most robust activity that has been shown to increase happiness,” says Dr. Tim Bono of Washington University.

Bono says for some, being negative is a habit they may be gently coaxed out of. But there’s another problem in today’s society- the quest for constant and eternal happiness.

“The idea that we could ever be happy all the time is completely incorrect and inaccurate, and attempts to achieve that kind of life will be futile,” he says.

Some tips to be happier and more grateful? Exercise daily. Try meditation to teach your brain to refocus. Take time each day to think of things you are grateful for and compliment others.

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