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Idea List: Count Your Blessings

Marissa D. Thompson

Being grateful is a great idea. Here are some tips to help you recall how blessed you really are.

No matter where you live, being grateful for what you have is a good idea. Here are some ideas to help you remember to be thankful this month—and the rest of the year.

  • In your journal, make a list of things you’re thankful for. Take time to think of specific blessings that often go unnoticed. Then, whenever you’re feeling down, pull out your journal and remind yourself of your many blessings.
  • Memorize the words to a song about gratitude. There are some great ones in the hymnbook, such as “Count Your Blessings” (Hymns, no. 241) and “Because I Have Been Given Much” (Hymns, no. 219). If you’re musically inclined, offer to perform the song for your family.
  • During your scripture reading this month, highlight verses about giving thanks. Write your favorite gratitude scriptures down on paper and display them on your bedroom walls as a constant reminder to be thankful for your blessings.
  • Do small acts of service for others that will cause them to thank Heavenly Father for good friends. Raking a neighbor’s yard, baking cookies for a friend, and helping someone with homework are some examples.
  • Make your personal prayers more sincere by taking time to think before you pray. During your evening prayers, reflect on the day’s events and thank your Heavenly Father for specific blessings.
  • Have your mom or dad show you how to make a dish at the beginning of the month, so you can help out with the meal preparations in the future.
  • Offer to organize a special family home evening about giving thanks.
  • Prepare some activities for the young children in your family, so they will have something to do while dinner is being prepared each night.

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