Wellness Pathway #207 Count Your Blessing

There’s an old hymn that includes the refrain, “Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings, see what the Lord has done! Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings, and it will surprise you what God has done.”

The verses of the hymn make it clear that we are to count our blessings not as a way of showing off success but as a way of getting through adversity, conflict, and want. These are the times, the songwriter reminds us, when it is especially important to count our blessings. Doing so will eliminate doubt, bring encouragement, and keep us singing in times of trouble.

Whatever it’s spiritual value, new research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggests that this practice also has significant health and wellness benefits. In one study, people who consciously reminded themselves every day of the things they were grateful for slept better, exercised more, and complained less than their counterparts through the stresses and strains of life.

The physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits of gratitude are well-established and undeniable. But it’s not enough to feel vaguely glad to be alive. The hymn as well as the study focus on the benefits of “naming them one by one.” Whether you choose to use written, oral, or visual techniques, the experience of getting specific about your blessings — such as naming five things a day for which you are grateful — can make a big difference.

Coaching Inquiries: Do you count your blessings on a daily basis? Do you write them down, speak them out loud, or call them to mind? What might be the environmental triggers that would get you to do this more regularly?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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