It’s a new year. A perfect time to celebrate new beginnings by learning how to practice gratitude. Research shows that practicing gratitude can help us have more enjoyable experiences, connect more easily with those around us, and boost emotional well being as well as physical health. Science indicates that the human brain has a negativity bias, which means, according to psychologist Rick Hanson, Ph.D., “the brain is like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones.” Because of this bias, you need to intentionally create a high ratio of positive events to negative events. At the start of a new year, there is no better time to improve your everyday life by giving thanks. Sometimes you just need a little help to kickstart the process. The Chopra Center has come up with twenty five simple ways to get started. Some of our favorites include: keeping a gratitude journal, writing a thank you note (and mailing via snail mail), thank a former teacher, stop and smell the roses, donate. For full article, visit The Chopra Center.