With long to-do lists, holiday travel plans and life’s other responsibilities, it can be difficult to remember that happiness and gratitude are the true purpose of the holiday season. Regardless of how busy you are, there are so many little things to celebrate in life!

Adding up small moments of happiness can be so much more meaningful than a grand gesture. Appreciating the little things is key. Numerous studies have shown that gratitude is crucial to promoting happiness. As a reminder of all the things to be grateful for this season, we created a reminder of 26 little things to celebrate (and the science behind why they make you happier). Many of the things on our list, like burgers, wine and pasta, may surprise you. So next time you indulge, wave off any feelings of guilt and be sure to savor every bite!

Now that you have a long list of little things to celebrate, we hope you can enjoy the holiday season even more! Simply acknowledging all the good things in your life will help you cultivate happiness and will shift focus from any negatives.

If you are feeling stressed or anxious, try writing down something every day that you are grateful for. A UC Davis study showed that people who wrote down what they were grateful for reported feeling more optimistic, satisfied and felt fewer ailments than their counterparts.

The key is finding the little things in your life that make you happy and really appreciating them whether that is a long phone call with an old friend, a beautiful bouquet of holiday flowers or a quick walk outside.

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