Sign up for Meridian’s Free Newsletter, please CLICK HERE

“I wish I were happier.” Most of us have had that thought at some point. But how do we go about being happier? President Thomas S. Monson teaches us how to increase our happiness wherever we are in life with a simple yet effective formula:

Think to thank. In these three words you have the finest capsule course for a happy marriage, the formula for enduring friendships, and a pattern for personal happiness” (BYU Commencement address, Apr. 26, 2001).

So when do we “think to thank”?

We can think to thank the people we love every day.

We can think to thank in the middle of the journey, not just at the end.

We can think to thank God in all things—even in our trials.

As we think to thank at these times and more, we will see the blessings of gratitude grow in our lives.

We’re busy people. There are mouths to feed, houses to clean, homework to do, and the thousand other material tasks that make up daily living. However, in the middle of all this we can remember what is truly important—the people around us. President Monson taught: “We often take for granted the very people who most deserve our gratitude. Let us not wait until it is too late for us to express that gratitude” (“The Divine Gift of Gratitude,” Oct. 2010 general conference).

To read the rest of the post on, click here