I tried keeping a Gratitude Journal a couple of times; supposed to list about 5 things a day I was grateful for. After a time it got a bit redundant and repetitious, and I put it aside.
But I often find myself counting my blessings anyway. And, all things considered, there's no such thing as a small blessing.
Just being able to bathe, dress and feed yourself are MAJOR blessings. Having a home. A working vehicle. A job. A really comfy bed. YOUR HEALTH! None of these are small on any scale.
The late Dr. Masaru Emoto did some fascinating work with water and how its molecular structure can be affected by thought and intention. Positive emotions like Love, Appreciation, Peace and, of course, Gratitude, caused the water crystals to form beautiful 6-pointed snowflake-like designs. Water crystals responded either positively or negatively to various stimuli. Depending on the source, the greater percentage of the human body is made up of water, so exposing ourselves to positive or negative thoughts, it stands to reason, greatly affects our well-being. I admit I can struggle with keeping positive sometimes, but I try to keep in mind the importance of my own attitude, and how very blessed I am.
There are lots of great articles online about Gratitude and how it is one of the highest vibrations on the scale of emotions, so I won't go into a lot of that here. I just wanted to take a moment to look back on this year, and how I am glad to have so many dear people in my life!