At a recent professional association meeting, our ice-breaker activity was to share one moment in our day for which we were grateful.  It was a good reminder to pause and reflect.

Here are some suggestions for counting your blessings:

• Keep a gratitude journal – you can make daily entries or just a note when you recognize something for which you are grateful.  Looking back over previous notes can bring a sense of peace when you’re feeling stressed.

•Focus on the positive – it’s easy to dwell on mistakes or missed opportunities, but remembering the successes can change your attitude and renew your energy.

•Express your gratitude – saying thank you for things large and small is a powerfully positive way to influence people around you.

How can you leverage the benefits of gratitude?