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When you're feeling sad or overwhelmed take a breather and sit down with pen and paper, set a timer for four or five minutes, and write down all the things you can think of that make you feel happy and relaxed. Writing down all of the blessings you truly have in your life and you'll soon be calmed and smiling again. :-)
By Deeli from Richland, WA
Another excellent tip, Deeli. This can be hard to do on a really bad day, but if you can talk yourself into to doing it in spite of your feelings, it's very beneficial. Reminds me of the old gospel song, "Count Your Blessings, Name Them One by One." God bless your positive outlook.
Lovely Idea! I'd go one step further - keep it in a notebook or write it on slips of paper to put in a jar.
Try counting your blessings, I know it is an oldie. Sometimes you may feel so overwhelmed by your circumstances that it is nearly impossible to even imagine there is anything to be thankful for, but, if you just start with the first thing you see or that pops in your mind, you can continue from there.
Do you have full or even partial use of all your senses? Can you walk, even with help? There are many who cannot get around at all. If you are one of those, think about all the things that you can do, unaided. Is there fresh air? Running water? Food in your house?
Especially when you compare yourself with others you may have heard or read about in other parts of the world or at other times in history, you probably have a much easier life. Just continue to force yourself to see something good in your circumstances and it's hard to not feel at least a little better.
If I was nearby, I would give you a hug. Maybe there is someone you can reach out to who would love to visit you. Maybe they just need a call from you to know that you need that hug.
By KatherineC from Reno, NV
About 6 years ago, I bought a little plush bag with the word "blessings" written on it. Every year, we write our top blessings for the year and the date on a small paper and put it in. We don't read each others until the next year. It's great to go back and remember the blessings from years past!
By Jodi from Horse Shoe, NC