Count your blessings; always, everyday!

Story by  Eman Sakina | Posted by  Aasha Khosa • 1 Years ago
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Eman Sakina

There are so many things that are positive and amazing in this world. At times when you are frightened, angry, or sad, it can be easy to lose sight of the good things in life. That’s when it’s a good idea to take inventory of your life and remember that you have so many things to be grateful for. Count your blessings!

Counting your blessings is an idiom that means you should be grateful for the things in your life. It also conveys the message that you shouldn’t dwell on what you don’t have. You may encourage people to count your blessings without even realizing that’s what they’re doing. For instance, if your friend complains about being single, you might remind her about all the good things she has going for her. She has her health, a flourishing career, and lots of close friends and family members that care for her. You’re not trying to invalidate her struggle. You’re just reminding her of the blessings she has in her life.

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Counting your blessings may sound simple but not everyone can easily break free of negativity. In order to properly count your blessings, you need to make gratitude a part of your day-to-day life.

People often tell you to count your blessings because they hear you complaining about something a lot. They’re trying to get you to focus on the positive aspects of your life by reminding you to count your blessings and letting go of the negativities. But you’ll find it’s easier to be happy in your life when you don’t have anything to complain about. Being happy costs nothing, but being unhappy and sad and holding grudges might affect your inner beauty and ultimately your health.

Identify the things that are causing unhappiness in your life. Then see what you can do to improve them. Do you hate your job? Look for a new one, or go back to school to get a degree in the field you aspire to be in. Try to analyze what you really want and what makes you happy.

Once you change the things that make you unhappy, it’s easier to pay more attention to the positive aspects of your life.  Stop sitting with people that make you depressed and sad.Spend time with good people who hold your worth and evaluate you. Keep complimenting others and yourself the most.

Multitasking has become the way of the world. You might work from home after hours whenever a time-sensitive email comes in. A lot of people keep the TV on as background noise. You may spend time with your family and friends but look at your phone screens more than at their faces. These blurred boundaries can become stressful and taxing to your emotional health.

Take time to really soak up your surroundings. It’s easier to find and count your blessings when they have your full and undivided attention.  You may always be looking ahead to the next exciting thing. But when you do that, you can miss out on the small things around you every day. Planning for the future is great, but don’t take the present away. Instead, take the time to count your blessings.

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“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” This quote is attributed to the Greek philosopher Epictetus, who enjoyed the beauty of blessings.