Even though it is challenging to be reminded, when we are down, that we have much to be grateful for (a roof over our heads, etc. etc), this is precisely what needs to be done. Here is an exercise to help you to recognize and celebrate your many blessings:
1. Write in your Optimism or Gratitude Journal what you have to be grateful for in your life. Write anything that occurs for you. Start with the basics (food, clothing, shelter, family, friends, etc.) Then list recent positive events, goals you have achieved, or some near-time that kindness has been received.
2. To jog your memory, take a walk around your home... use all five senses. Perhaps you are grateful for the internet, for a particular piece of music, a lovely meal you have just eaten, or your health.
3. Looking at your list, consider all the ways that each listed item has enriched your life. Find a way to express your gratitude to the people on your list.
4. At the end of the day review your blessings and fall to sleep thinking about them!
With gratitude, I base this blog on the book "Learn to be an Optimist: A Practical Guide to Achieving Happiness" by Lucy MacDonald, a Quebec-based motivational speaker with an academic background in psychology and counseling.