Writing Down and Reading About Blessings Make You 25% Happier

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The weekly practice of writing down 5 blessings increases your happiness by 25% is the conclusion of research.  I also read that even reading the blessings of others increases your happiness.

Since I participate in Susanne’s Friday’s Fave Five, I write my own

Eating fire-roasted corn makes me happy too

Eating fire-roasted corn makes me happy too

weekly gratitude list and I read the lists of others. I also try to comment on their lists. All this gratitude thinking is bound to affect my happiness. Research says so!

Why don’t you give yourself a happiness boost? Write your own Fave Five post and link it up to Susanne’s Blog, Living to Tell the Story at this week’s Friday’s Fave Five.

Read on for my list . . .

1. I can finally move my left arm away from my body enough to comfortably wash my left arm pit. This may be a strange gratitude. But unless you’ve been immobilized and then “freed,” you cannot guess how wonderful this feels.

2. Details for women’s retreat and the children’s ministry summer schedule are coming to completion. Of course this is not all due to solo efforts. Barbie, LaRee, Marsha and Pam have been indispensable in work output and encouragement.

Ian at the interactive art show

Ian at the interactive art show

3. I attended two celebrations this week. (1) One of my nieces graduated from junior high school. SJ is a confident, smart, lovely, caring, young woman. And those are just some of her wonderful traits.

Elizabeth cooking over an awesome fire protected by an equally awesome windbreak

Elizabeth cooking over an awesome fire protected by an equally awesome windbreak

(2) My daughter had her 27th birthday. Family and friends (Ian flew in from CO) gathered at Ocean Beach for a beach party: food cooked over the fire, walks along the beach, volleyball and softball (I watched), lots of conversation, and staring into the fire.

Before that we had the opportunity to experience After the Flood, an interactive art show that my daughter helped put together. Click here to see a bit of what we did.

Elizabeth is a creative, brave, persistent, kind, grateful, lovely  (and more) woman. I am humbled, overjoyed, and pleased to know both SJ and Elizabeth.

4. I am finished with the book of Isaiah. I always enjoy reading the “prophet” books of the Bible. I find such comfort from God there. And I love that even if the prophet doesn’t experience God’s power, justice and mercy on his behalf or his country’s behalf, the prophet is still determined to worship God. I want to be more like that.

5. Increased range of motion in the side stretch (from -10 to 88 degrees) and more physical strength means I can do more. I am now cooking all my meals (made waffles) and doing all my own cleaning (steam cleaned the carpet).

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  • 1. Susanne  |  . at .

    Isn’t that interesting about the research. God knew what he was talking about when He said to be grateful, didn’t He?

    Love your descriptions of the special girls in your life. It just made me smile as your love for them came through.

    An interactive art show sounds like a lot of fun!

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    • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

      Isn’t it cool Susanne, that you even picked the number 5? The show was a lot of fun even though I mainly had to watch the others play.

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  • 3. Ellen  |  . at .

    I’m so glad you got some more mobility. It really is a blessing. What a great birthday celebration. We had our first roasted corn of the season, too….delicious!

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    • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

      Hi Ellen, most foods cooks over an open fire are especially tasty – imho. So glad you had a tasty start to your summer too.

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  • 5. Cathie  |  . at .

    Thanks for the reminders about gratefulness. Always good to hear. Glad your health and mobility is improving, and good job on finishing Isaiah – a long challenge! Have a good week, and best wishes for continued arm-motion improvement.

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    • 6. susan2009  |  . at .

      Thanks, Cathie, for the encouragement. So glad to see you back at FFF. I hope your week goes great too.

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  • 7. Olive Tree  |  . at .

    Oh yes, a good progress on the arm. Congratulations. Little by little, take it easy there. These are lovely fave fives. Lots of birthdays and graduations in the months of May and June definitely. Congratulations to your niece and happy birthday to your daughter. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    • 8. susan2009  |  . at .

      Yes, Olive Tree, last week surely was a great one esp since I got to spend extra time with family members. Now that my kiddos are older and don’t even live in the same city anymore, i soooo appreciate time with them. Yes, little by little is how I progress on my arm, I wish it was faster though.

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  • 9. Laura  |  . at .

    Numbers 1 and 5 are GREAT news — glad to hear you’re healing and making progress. What a lovely, family-filled week you’ve had. The pictures were just great. Have a great one ahead.

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    • 10. susan2009  |  . at .

      Yes, Laura, I am particularly pleased about #1! I am pleased I got some good pix of my family. Sometimes they get tired of me taking pix of them.

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  • 11. Faith  |  . at .

    awesome about the research…no surprise there tho since God tells us to be thankful in all things…in all times….love it! great week for you…yay for better movement of the arm and for corn on the cob, beach walks and family time! my goal last year was to read thru all the minor prophets and 2 of the major ones. My faves thus far are Isaiah and Zephaniah. So many golden truths there, huh?? enjoy your weekend…

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    • 12. susan2009  |  . at .

      Great reading goal for last year, Faith. I want to finish up the whole Bible by the end of summer if possible. There is a new Bible I want to get (The Visual Bible) but I won’t let myself buy it until I finish with this translation. Yes, there are many golden truths.

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  • 13. Brenda  |  . at .

    Its so much fun to celebrate our kids BD’s, no matter how old they get! So glad to hear you are feeling better and getting better, sounds like you were well enough to drive to SF. Thats great.

    I agree, its a wonderful exercise to count our blessings each week, we really do have so much to be thankful for.

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    • 14. susan2009  |  . at .

      Yes, Brenda, I saved my “strength” points so that I could go to SF. I didn’t want to miss that outing. After I’ve “counted my blessings” I feel so much more grateful for my life. I hope this is an exercise I do for many a year even if I don’t always write it on my blog.

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  • It’s wonderful that you are recovering, bit by bit! It looks like a fun and happy week. I hope your daughter enjoyed her birthday!

    I love that bit of research. I think it must be true. 🙂

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    • 16. susan2009  |  . at .

      I am glad, Catherine, that I am slowly getting better. I will be soooo thrilled when it doesn’t make my fff list. I like finding research that fits my life. Sometimes I spend a little too much time looking things up.

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  • 17. Olive Tree  |  . at .

    Susan, thank you very much for your last comment on my blog post. That’s very kind of you, and you are brave. Your comment is very inspiring and uplifting. I know it will be tough, but if I can just remember supporting words like what you said and from my friends, then I think I’ll be okay. I will remember that I’m not the only one who will have to go through something like this. Thank you for sharing your story there. I appreciate it. I will be writing less in the next few weeks, maybe even months, but I know I will continue write. With time, hopefully I can come back to write more. Take care of that arm, and many blessings to you.

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    • 18. susan2009  |  . at .

      Olive Tree, I hope you can and will share more of your writing and story with us. You are talented, honest, and inspiring. I will pray for you over the coming months.

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  • 19. Trish  |  . at .

    Fascinating research – I know I have certainly been encouraged by reading some of the posts! Thanks for visiting my FFF and for your comment. 🙂

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    • 20. susan2009  |  . at .

      You are welcome, Trish. I get so encouraged as well. especially since I have come to see many of the participants as “friends.” I rejoice when they do and am sad when they are. I look forward to getting to know you too.

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  • 21. Gattina  |  . at .

    Graduations are always a wonderful occasion to celebrate ! it’s a new start into life !

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  • 22. susan2009  |  . at .

    You are so right, Gattina. And I love new beginnings of every sort. I hope your weekend is a good one.

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