I just started a book called Climb Happiness Hill by Alan Bryan. My friend, Joe, lent it to me, saying that he was pretty sure it was out of print. I did a little bit of googling, and I found it! I am taking good care of his copy, but I plan to order my own in the next couple of days. I am not even through the first chapter, but I can already tell that this will be a book that I read and reread. The author presents "Rules for Happy Living", and there are 15 in all. The first rule is one that we all know:
Count your blessings, not your troubles.
Keeping a gratitude journal is one way to do that. Also, as you go about your day, whenever stress, doubts, complaints, etc., creep into your thinking (and will eventually come out of your mouth!), purpose to count some of your blessings instead. I began trying this yesterday. What a challenge. I was surprised at how many negative thoughts and internal murmurings ran through my brain. As much as I remembered to, I would stop myself and quickly think of a positive spin on that negative thought.
I plan to continue this challenge today. Wouldn't that be a good habit to develop? To purpose to replace all negative thinking with positive instead. To express thankfulness in each and every situation. We are commanded to do that, you know.
"in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:18
That pretty much sums it up…..in everything give thanks.
I began a new gratitude journal today. It is a pretty one that my girls gave me for my birthday. I had been saving it for this purpose.
So what about you? Can you purpose to count your blessings, not your troubles today? Can you recored your blessings in a notebook?