How to Change Your Life 7 Blessings a Day

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It's time to make the expression of gratitude part of every day. Join me and take the gratitude challenge—count 7 blessings a day the rest of the year. #GratitudeJournal #Faith #CountYourBlessings

I sometimes wonder what more can be written about gratitude. Countless articles have been written about the ways gratitude can improve your health, bless your relationships, and turn the average day into a celebration.

And yet…

We’re still not very good at it, are we?

We don’t consistently express our gratitude to God or the people around us.

Even though we know grateful people are more satisfied, have stronger relationships, and are generally happier.

Don’t you want that for your children? For yourself?

It’s time to make the expression of gratitude part of every day. So, I’m inviting you to join me in taking a gratitude challenge for the rest of the year because really, why should this end with Thanksgiving day? We’re going to start by counting our blessings.

 7 Blessings a Day – Gratitude Journal

Let’s grab our journals and list 7 blessings for which we’re grateful each day.

Better yet, let’s make it a family project and have everyone share one or two blessings to add to the list. Won’t it be fun to read through our blessings journal on New Year’s Eve?

It's time to make the expression of gratitude part of every day. Join me and take the gratitude challenge—count 7 blessings a day the rest of the year. #GratitudeJournal #CountYourBlessings #Faith

And if you’re wondering how to begin…

Here are some questions and quotes to help.

1. Who was nice to you today?

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. ~Henry James

2. What did you enjoy doing today?

Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind. Ecclesiastes 6:9

3. Who helped you today?

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Ecclesiastes 4:9–10

4. Who did you help?

“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” ~Mandy Hale

5. What is the best thing that happened today?

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8

6. What simple thing made today a good day?

Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! Each day proclaim the good news that He saves. 1 Chronicles 16:23

7. What did you learn today?

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr. Seuss

8. Who made you smile today? What did they do?

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” ~Mother Teresa

9. What did you learn from a bad experience?

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. That is how character is built.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt.

10. How did technology make your life easier?

“Technology is anything invented after you were born.” ~Alan Kay

11. Who made you feel important today?

7 Effective Ways to Make Others Feel Important

1. Use their name.
2. Express sincere gratitude.
3. Do more listening than talking.
4. Talk more about them than about you.
5. Be authentically interested.
6. Be sincere in your praise.
7. Show you care. ~Roy T. Bennett

12. Who or what made you happy today?

“Those who are ‘beloved of the Lord’ must be the most happy and joyful people to be found anywhere upon the face of the earth.” ~Charles Spurgeon

13. What was your favorite taste, smell, touch, sight, or sound from the day?

Ears to hear and eyes to see—both are gifts from the Lord. Proverbs 20:12

14. What do you like about your neighborhood?

“When I am with a group of human beings committed to hanging in there through both the agony and the joy of community, I have a dim sense that I am participating in a phenomenon for which there is only one word….’glory.'”  M. Scott Peck

It's time to make the expression of gratitude part of every day. Join me and take the gratitude challenge—count 7 blessings a day the rest of the year.

15. Who forgave you? Who did you forgive?

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9

16. What did you do today you couldn’t do yesterday?

“Try, try, and try again. Never stop trying.” ~Lailah Gifty Akita

17. Who thanked you today? How did it make you feel?

“Feeling gratitude, and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward

18. Who loves you? Who do you love?

 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:4–7

19. Where did you see God at work today?

“Will God ever ask you to do something you are not able to do? The answer is yes–all the time! It must be that way, for God’s glory and kingdom. If we function according to our ability alone, we get the glory; if we function according to the power of the Spirit within us, God gets the glory. He wants to reveal Himself to a watching world.” ~Henry Blackaby

20. What are you most thankful for today?

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Like worship, gratitude is not something you and I do occasionally. Gratitude. Thanksgiving is an attitude. It’s an offering given in response to all God has given us.

So, we’ll make a list of blessings and one more thing…

Stop and intentionally say thank you to someone every day. Send a note, card, or email. Make a phone call. Bake a batch of cookies. Be appreciative. I promise it will bless you more than you know.

That’s it!

A 7 Blessings Gratitude Journal and a Thank You!

You can do this. I can do it! And I believe it will change our lives and lives of those around us.

Let’s keep in touch. Tell me what you’re listing in your journal and how you’re saying “thank you.” We are stronger when we stand together; so, let’s cheer each other on.

Tell us the blessings you’re counting and how you’re saying thank you! Stay tuned. I’ll be sharing my blessings and thank yous throughout the month.

My favorite blessing today is a husband who makes me laugh every day. I think I’ll make his favorite dinner as a thank you.

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  1. One of my favorite blessings is reading your uplifting blog! I also thank God every day for my Bible and all my Christian devotionals that keep me close to Him. Have a blessed day!

    1. Thanks, Lynn! Wow, what a wonderful word of encouragement. You just blessed my socks off!! 🙂

  2. Tracey Brewer says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this list of helpful questions! I already keep a gratitude journal, but had never thought of approaching what I write through the lens of questions like these. I’ll be pinning it to refer to in the future!

  3. Goodness, I love this list you’ve created, Deb, to remind us to be thankful in all things. I will print it out and keep a journal with you this month!
    And I agree with Lynn – YOU are such a blessing to all your readers!

    1. Thank you, Martha! I’m so glad the questions blessed you! Thanks for being one of my best encouragers. Wow, YOU BLESS ME!

  4. Lureta Ector says:

    Hi Deb
    Thank you for reminding us to be thankful at all times and in all things. I think sometimes we do not realize we have so much to be thankful for until we start counting our blessings. Then we truly see how we can can never keep up with God’s goodness to us.
    Bless you, Lureta

  5. Thank you so much for this. I printed this list and glued it in my prayer journal. We do have so much to thank and praise the Lord for. Thank you for helping us to remember even more of the reasons. May your soul be refreshed by His blessings today!

    1. Cheryl, I’m so glad this blessed you and that you’ll be able to use it going forward. Thanks so much for letting me know. God bless you!!

  6. I love the idea of a gratitude journal and you gave me printable prompts. In my gratitude journal entry for today, this post and you will be at the top of my list! Thanks!

  7. Awesome questions to prompt the flow of gratitude! My “gratitude year” ends on Thanksgiving Day and by then I will have recorded my 5,000th gift (because I”ve been doing this for 5 years!)

  8. Wow! This post is a cornucopia of goodies Deb. I don’t know where to begin. One thing that really sticks out to me is the sincerity of your gratitude. I do believe if we start with gratitude for our Savior, hopefully droplets of gratitude will land on others as we seek to live like Jesus. Thank you for sharing these words of wisdom. It sounds like your husband is in for a nice dinner. Have a fantastic weekend. Blessings to you and yours.

  9. You’re so right … for all the books and articles out there about gratitude, we still aren’t very good at it and we still need reminded of it! Thank you for sharing these words of wisdom and encouragement with us today!

  10. These are the types of questions I try to ask my children on the way home from school every day. My oldest has a tendency to focus on the negative, so I’ve learned to ask questions that will garner a positive response from her (help her see the good). Thanks for all the ideas, I look forward to using some of these over the next few weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.

  11. Perfect! I’ll be using this list with my Spirit Sisters Bible Study Groups. Thanks again!


  12. Deb, I LOVE the gratitude questions. All we need to do is ask ourselves just one and we will surely find a reason to be grateful. Always good to be here!

  13. This is a great list of questions, Deb. Being thankful should be a daily thing not just during the holidays. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

  14. What a great list to get us going! You are right, gratitude does not come easy. Thank you!

  15. Laura Hicks says:

    I love this list of questions. Thanks for making them easy to save to Pinterest as well. I’m so grateful for the writing community.

  16. Love this so much, Deb! Practical and tangible! How can we NOT incorporate this? ♥

  17. Stacey priwto says:

    Hello Deb,
    My Aunt was so moved and blessed by your gratitude blog that she forward it to me.
    I was also moved and blessed.
    It’s a wonderful reminder to us that there is gratitude and Thanksgiving in our every day lives.
    I believe reading and meditating in God’s word daily and reading devotionals will get us closer to this mindset of always having gratitude and being thankful that in all circumstances.
    Thank you for your words of wisdom and reminder to us all.
    God bless you!????

    1. Stacey, thank you so much for visiting. And thank you to your Aunt as well. Your encouragement is truly a blessing! May God bless you this Christmas and through the year ahead!