I’m taking a communications class this semester. It’s one of those credits that you have to take but you never found the time to take it until you realize you need it to graduate next semester…
Anyhow I gave a speech a few days ago on happiness. I did a lot of research on the topic in terms of psychology. Something I found that’s phenomenal is the effect of thankfulness/gratefulness on one’s happiness.
There was a study done in which one group of people had to write in a gratitude journal only once a week and the control group didn’t. It was found that after a period of only three weeks the people who were writing in their gratitude journals once a week were had a significantly higher level of happiness and life satisfaction then the control group!
So when people say to count your blessings… it really does work. It’ll make you a happier person! Why? The more we write down what we’re grateful the more appreciation we have for the things that God has blessed us with and the less we’ll complain.
And if you should count the favors of Allah, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. [16:18]
I tried this one day. Just for one minute. Literally. Here’s what I came up with.
I’m grateful for…
2. My parents
3. My sisters
4. My home
5. My friends
6. My laptop
7. My bed
8. Food on the table everyday
11. My car
12. My ability to walk
13. Ability to talk
14. Ability to taste and smell things
15. My eyesight
16. My hands
17. My heart
18. My brain and ability to think and analyze
19. Clothes to cover me
20. Ability to breathe
21. My teeth to chew with
22. My ears to hear
24. Running water
25. Hot showers
26. Thick coats for the winter
27. Shoes so I don’t have to walk barefoot
29. Stars to enjoy looking at
31. My memory
32. The ability to love and care for others
33. Fresh air
34. My ability to blink so my eyes don’t try out
And the list goes on. I think I could continue writing this list for the rest of my life and still never be able to count every blessing I have. I took an infant development class once. It’s amazing how many things could go wrong in the womb, how many diseases or infections we could catch, and yet here we are. Most of us alive and perfectly normal. Isn’t that enough to be grateful about for the rest of our lives?
May we become more reflective and grateful people. Ameen.