Just an idea, would think this would be along the lines of keeping in mind gratitude for what we do have... The Happiness Project is a memoir of the year Gretchen Rubin spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happy--from Aristotle to Martin Seligman to Thoreau to Oprah. ...The idea came from Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography. He recounts how he identified thirteen virtues he wanted to cultivate, then made himself a chart with those virtues plotted against the days of the week. Each day, he’d score himself on whether he lived up to his goals. Rubin has also started a blog. Here, she recounts her daily adventures in pursuit of happiness. http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2006/12/how_you_too_can.html If anyone else wants to try this, Franklin's thirteen virtues are available at http://www.sfheart.com/FranklinsVirtues.html. Also, a free online tool you can use to track your progress is available at http://www.joesgoals.com/ I thought some might find this interesting, tho I'd have a hard time even remembering to check anything off - tho a list posted prominently would help.