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Make Counting Your Blessings Count

Make Counting Your Blessings Count

It may sound simple but focusing on all the good we have in our lives is one of the most effective ways to practice gratitude. This is the time of year for abundance and love, so take some time to think about all the things you’re grateful for.

The Proof of Being Positive
There’s been enough research on gratitude (medium.com) to convince people that practicing it is worth the time and investment. Focusing on the positive is shown to improve our emotional, physical and mental health. In fact, positivity is slowly emerging as the new direction in psychology, making an effort to lessen the frequency and intensity of depression and anxiety and directly increase the happiness we experience in life (psychcentral).

Gratitude make us happier
According to a 2005 study, journaling for just 5 minutes a day can increase our long-term happiness by 10%. By appreciating what we already have, we feel more positive about our lives.

Gratitude draws others to us
Gratitude generates social capital: a stronger and wider social network of meaningful relationships. It makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. All of this helps us make more friends and deepens our existing relationships.

Gratitude makes us healthier
Studies prove that those who practice counting their blessings regularly experience improved sleep and reduced blood pressure. They are also more likely to exercise.

Gratitude makes us mentally and emotionally stronger
Being thankful improves self-esteem, enhances positive emotions and increases our overall well-being. When we’re grateful for what we have, we’re less likely to look outside for approval or compare ourselves to others.

Showing Gratitude Every Day
Counting your blessings is easy and doesn’t cost a thing. What are some things that you can do?

  • Set aside some time each week to write at least five things you’re grateful for
  • Sit down to write a thank-you letter, even if it’s to yourself.
    You don’t have to send it, but you can look back on it and reflect on your feelings of gratitude.
  • Call someone to tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life.
    Short on time? Send a text. Even a simple gesture can mean so much.
  • Start replacing all the negative words in your life with positive ones.
    You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference it can make!

When you acknowledge your appreciation for others as well as yourself, you’ll start to see what a true gift gratitude can be!