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22 Feb 2011 | Healthzone
"If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it,
change the way you think about it." This quote by children's
author Mary Engelbreit summarizes the past few years of Faisal
Sethi's life. It's a path that led the creative director to create
a website called Happyrambles that encourages users to
write down things they're grateful for every day.
In 2009, the 35-year-old Sethi had left his job to care for his
seriously ill father. The weight of the responsibility was hard on
the Ottawa man, and he found himself investigating the idea of
happiness and how to attain it. Repeatedly, he came across
references to gratitude journals and how useful they can be in
reminding individuals of the good things in life.
Gratitude journals are diaries in which one documents what he or
she is most grateful for. The concept became popular after talk
show host Oprah Winfrey promoted the idea.
"I started actively doing a gratitude journal but also realized
there were some limitations," says Sethi. "Happiness isn't an
intellectually passive state. We can engage in activities and tools
to increase that happiness." And so, Sethi founded
Happyrambles, which poses the question "What are you happy for
today?" The responses are stored in users' private online gratitude
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