I was driving home a couple of days ago, listening to the Flatlanders on the radio, and one of their songs had the line: “I count my blessings, not my faults.” Wow! What great advice to live by! All too often we get bogged down by what we think is “wrong” with us and our lives, what we “should” be doing differently or better. What a relief it would be to drop all that and focus on all the blessings we have! Gratitude is one of those positive emotions that are the key to happiness in life. Research suggests that keeping a gratitude journal is an easy and effective way to counter stress, depressive feelings, and increase happiness. When I was driving home that day, I had been feeling pretty stressed, because there is a lot going on for me at the moment. When I heard that line, it kind of stopped me in my tracks, and when I started to reflect on all the things in life that I am grateful for, especially all the people in my life that I love and appreciate, I could literally feel the tension melting from my body. That is why I wanted to share this with you! So when you are feeling stressed out, worried, or down, try to remember that line, and I hope it will make you feel better, just like it did for me!