Today and through this weekend, Canadians (July 1) and Americans (July 4) are celebrating the founding of our countries. Whether we’re celebrating the birth of a country, a loved one, and/or the anniversary of a meaningful relationship, this is a great time to strengthen our “attitude of gratitude.”

A number of studies in the fields of happiness, positive psychology, and depression are showing profound and lasting benefits from teaching people the skills of counting their blessings, savoring things, appreciating beauty or quality, looking for the good in each day, and expressing gratitude.

July also marks the beginning of summer vacations for many people around the world. It’s an excellent time to recharge and embark on our own recreation. If you’re living in Canada or the U.S., Happy Canada Day or Happy Fourth of July!