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When was the last time you counted your blessings?
If you’re like me, it’s probably been a while.
Most of us spend more time focusing our attention on what isn’t going so well–what we need to “fix”–than what is truly good about our lives.
But studies have shown that counting our blessings can improve our health in a number of ways. Robert Emmons, a UC Davis researcher, found that focusing on one’s blessings was associated with more time spent exercising, fewer reported physical symptoms, a higher likelihood of offering emotional support to others, more (and better) sleep, a greater sense of connectedness, and a strengthening of spirituality.
This simple act of writing down the good things in my life–what I’m grateful for and proud of–boosted my mood dramatically. Just looking back at the words I had written gave me a sense of hopefulness and happiness, and it felt really good to linger there for a while.
What are your top 10 blessings?