We’ve all heard the cliche before: Count your blessings! But why is this really important? We can subconsciously know all the good things and people we have in our lives, but acknowledging it is actually proven to help us become more appreciative, happy, and fulfilled! People who count their blessings experience more gratitude and have more optimistic views throughout life. They also are less likely to be easily disappointed and experience less stress! Here’s an activity for you to help you count your blessings.
- Write down a gratitude ritual you do now. For example, giving thanks before a meal or pausing before you go to sleep to think about what went well in your day (and how to find good in the things that didn't!).
- Write down an everyday blessing you've noticed that you used to take for granted. For example, electricity that keeps the lights on; fresh, clean running water; or powerful arm muscles that help you play your sport.
- Name someone you're grateful to have in your life and why.
- Describe something that happened in the past that you didn't feel grateful for at the time, but now think of with gratitude.
- Describe a moment when you felt gratitude in real time. What other emotions did you feel?
- Describe a way you've thanked someone or intend to thank someone.
Stay Healthy, Chaps!
-Katie, Annie and Ian