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In June, I shared some thoughts about creating happiness, citing Edward Hallowell’s cyclical program of connecting, playing, practicing, achieving mastery, and receiving recognition.

Recently, I’ve been taken with this series of videos, produced by SoulPancake about the science of happiness — and it’s not just because of the introductory graphic of the happiness laboratory, though I really love the guy on the hamster wheel.

The point of this video is that we are better problem solvers when we are happy. Having a plot problem? Give yourself some positive reinforcement, then try tackling it again.

This video shows us one way to “get happy,” and it has to do with showing our gratitude.

So, today, I’m going to be grateful for those people who have helped me on my writing journey, and I’m going to tell them. Then I’m going to get to work.