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*Counting Blessings Counts

Counting blessings sounds like a platitude, but recent studies by Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough found that recording reasons for gratitude once a week improved health, exercise and attitude toward the future, but had no significant influence on the frequency of positive feelings. However counting blessings daily also made people feel happier and sleep better, both among healthy students and adults with neuromuscular disease. (Full story here.)

Do any of you keep a daily gratitude journal? I am going to try it for the rest of this year. That’s only a month and a bit. And then I’ll see what happens.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

10 thoughts on “*Counting Blessings Counts

  1. No, I’ve never kept a gratitude journal either, Lilian, but like Charlotte, I do pause – usually several times a day, just as a matter of course – to reflect on how fortunate I am. Perhaps it comes of knowing first-hand how different things might be, but whatever it is, it’s probably the closest thing I’ve got to prayer too, because it’s definitely an expression of gratitude and thanksgiving, although I couldn’t tell you to whom that gratitude and thanks is directed!

    1. Di, I forgot to write anything down yesterday, but when I was in bed, told my h all that I was grateful for that day. It was fun and there was much more than I had realized. But I confess, it didn’t improve my sleep any!

  2. Funnily enough, I was advised to do this so many times and I just couldn’t. And then I had the idea of keeping a negativity diary first. All the bad stuff and the unhappiness that I always felt I wasn’t permitted to express poured out, and once I felt freer in myself, I suddenly found I could feel gratitude so much more clearly than before. Now I don’t keep a diary but regularly turn to a totting up of all I’m grateful for if things start to get me down.

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