Want to Be Happy? Be Kind and Grateful

December 31, 2014 1:23 PM

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Above are two of my favorite viral photos. The one on the left is of Isaac Theil allowing college student Garvey Dutes to sleep on his shoulder in a New York subway car. The one on the right is of Gage Boucher, a grocery store employee, tying the shoes of an elderly customer. What I love about these photos is that they represent small gestures between strangers -- and the power of these images resonated with tens of thousands of people.

Life. Stuck in traffic. Waiting in line. Being snubbed by a waiter. Relatives criticizing your parenting. Friends questioning your choice of partner. Your partner arguing about vacation plans. Concerned about how to pay your bills. Dealing with an unwanted diagnosis. Grappling with emotional leftove...

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