Counting Blessings Every Day – Practicing Gratitude

Gratitude is essentially about counting all the good things. When we practice it we are simply recognizing our material and spiritual riches. It is often when we take time to reflect on whatever it is that we have that we learn to appreciate our life. From both a spiritual and scientific perspective, counting blessings has a lot of beneficial effects. Studies suggest that it can boost mood, promote wellness, and improve wellbeing. As such, we all stand to benefit if we learn to count our blessings every single day. If there is one song about gratitude that resonate with me, it would be this:

Count your blessings
By Johnson Oatman, Jr.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, ev’ry doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.

Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings, money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

So, amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

Baptist Hymnal, 1991