“The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.” ~ William Penn

You may have heard the phrase, “count your blessings” before, but how often do you actually do it? Do you pause to feel grateful when something good happens? How about when you need an emotional boost? Counting your blessings is one sure way to develop a constant mind-set of gratitude, which can turn a mundane life into a miraculous life. Below are some simple ways to count your blessings every day:

1) Journal your blessings all through the day. Rather than saving your gratitude journal activities for bedtime only, why not make them an ongoing activity all day long? Keep a small notebook and pencil in your pocket and write a quick note every time something positive happens.

2) Find something positive about difficult situations. Using the same little notebook, every time you encounter a challenge or seemingly negative situation, find one positive thing you can say about it and write it down.

3) Literally count your blessings. Rather than recording the specifics, simply make a mark in your notebook every time you experience something to feel grateful about. At the end of the day, glance over your page of marks. How many are there? Make a note of the number and then try to beat it each day afterwards.

There are thousands of possible things to be grateful about in the course of a single day; you just have to be willing to see them.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness……….you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation…….you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep…you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace……. you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy people.

If your parents are still alive and still married……..you are very rare, even in the United States.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful…..you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you prayed yesterday and today……..you are in the minority because you believe God does hear and answer prayers.

If you are reading this right now, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

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