By the end of my marriage, I dreaded getting into bed with my husband and our twin companions: Despair and Revulsion. I didn't realize just how oppressive bedtime had become until my first night settling into my sheets alone in my new apartment. I suddenly felt decades younger, ecstatically light and free.
A gratitude journaling habit may seem sort of hokey at first, but it's really not if you dig a bit deeper. As a rule, humans like happy, nice and generally good people -- and the surest way of becoming the sort of person that you would like and approve of is to cultivate habits that lead us in that direction.