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The Benefits of Counting your Blessings

7/12/2014 1:03:41 AM

Count your blessings. It’s a bit of a cliché phrase, but it is incredibly good advice.
While others are adding up their troubles and stressing about life situations they can’t control, you could be focusing on personal contentment and happiness by considering all the little blessings in your life.
As I think about the people I’ve known in my past, the people who have regularly counted their blessings (both big and small) seem the most content. They take nothing for granted and appreciate the simple pleasures in life. They’re marked by joyful spirits and seek opportunities to pass that joy on to others. By counting their blessings, they’re able to take major challenges in stride because they remember what they’re truly thankful for. Doesn’t that sound like someone you want to be like?
Did you know that researchers have found that there are lasting benefits from counting your blessings? A recent study asked participants to think about three blessings at the end of the day and why they thought those blessings happened. The results were astounding. By practicing what the researchers called, “The Three Blessings Exercise,” every participant experienced more positive moods and less negative emotions and depression symptoms within one week. Wow!
Not only is counting your blessings an age-old bit of wisdom, but it’s also a positive exercise backed by science. Your disposition, outlook, and ability to handle life’s disappointments will improve if you reflect on your daily blessings.
So, why not give it a try? Record your three biggest blessings each day, or, better yet,  start compiling a blessing list. Keep it handy and refer to it often!
Do you regularly count your blessings? If you do, have you noticed it having a positive impact on your life? What are you most thankful for right now? It adds a spring to our step, doesn’t it?                          

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