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Day 15: Count your Blessings

Take a moment to reflect on the positive aspects of your life and all that you have to be grateful for. Research has shown there are proven benefits to gratitude, including increased self-esteem and better physical and emotional health.

Even on the hardest days or seasons of life, there is always something we can be grateful for if we think about it each day. You can make a list in your head or you can find a way to creatively capture your blessings. Here are a few ways that may help make this a routine:

  • Set aside a journal just for this list and jot it down first thing in the morning to start off your day strong. Studies have shown that keeping a gratitude journal improves overall physical health over time.
  • Use a camera to capture photos or short videos of you talking about your list for the day.
  • Draw pictures that best describe your list.
  • Write them down on sticky notes, posters or a white board and place it in your bedroom, bathroom mirror or fridge – wherever you’ll be able to see them and add to it the most.
  • Spread the gift of gratitude and ask a friend or family member if they’d like to exchange lists with you each day in person, over the phone, email or text message.

If possible, keep track of your blessings and look back over them at the end of the year. Record highlights from the year and what you look forward to next year so you can start the New Year off with a thankful heart.

SOURCE

https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/mental-health-and-wellbeing/thankfulness-how-gratitude-can-help-your-health

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25736389

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