You can stop yourself from falling into the doldrums by counting your blessings, says psychologist and life coach Patricia Bowmer. Bowmer, author of In Pursuit of Joy, says people should take a few minutes off every week to write down three or four things they are grateful for. 'If you can see what you do have quite clearly, and express gratitude, it will make you happier,' she says. 'I find it keeps my focus on what's going well. It is very easy - and the human mind errs on this - to focus on what is going wrong. If you can shift your focus to what is going well, it will keep your mind in a happier place.' It's called 'positive psychology' - a way of thinking which takes the traditional practice of addressing lives that have gone wrong and turns it on its head to instead focus on lives going well. The man credited with founding the positive psychology movement, Martin Seligman, believes if we can discover why some people are happy, it might yield a recipe everyone can use to make themselves happier. Since the movement began in 1998, studies have resulted in lists of things which make people happy. Money doesn't appear on it, nor does health, which apparently only effects happiness if people are very ill. Healthy people take their health for granted. So, who are the happiest people? Apparently, they are the ones who surround themselves with family and friends. They also judge themselves by their own yardsticks rather than trying to keep up with Joneses. Another finding is that people are most content when deeply engaged in activities that need full attention - whether it is playing a musical instrument, games with children or doing a jigsaw puzzle. 'In Hong Kong, we measure achievement by wealth and success and it seems like there are very few other yardsticks to use,' says Bowmer. 'If you are not wealthy and achieving, you can lose the reason for being. People don't focus on being happy in Hong Kong - and what you focus on is what you get.'