I was talking with a friend the other day when she mentioned her habit of writing down at least ten things she is grateful for every night before going to sleep. She recounted how blessings seemed to increase in her life. We then shared stories of the many times we were at the brink of despair, only to discover that another and even better solution or outcome appeared almost by magic. When this happened, it seemed to prove that our lives were divinely directed.
I don't believe that just the action of writing down what I'm grateful for will absolutely guarantee solutions to each and every problem or relieve me of every difficult challenge, but I am certain that paying close attention, noticing, and acknowledging as many wonderful blessings I do have does result in a more relaxed and trusting attitude. And maybe all that's needed in order to increase blessings is to maintain a trusting attitude about what's already good. Counting my blessings is a kind of prayer. Mahatma Gandhi said, "Prayer is the key to the morning and the bolt of the evening." Opening each day with a prayer of appreciation by counting blessings and then closing the day's events with a recount sounds like a good practice to me.