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Q&A: The importance of counting your blessings

Licensed psychologist Gale Hobson talks about the importance of taking a moment to be thankful.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: December 27, 2012

“We tend to go to the negative, and why that is, I guess there are probably multiple reasons,” she said. “We tend to focus on the unhappiness and the negative.”

Hobson said when you take a positive approach, you will find yourself treating others better.

“Each of us need to look around and say, ‘Wow, that person over there really may need a smile or pat today,' rather than pointing out what you don't like about them,” she said. “Maybe that'll make a big difference on what the person does next.”

What are some ways people can count their blessings?

Exercising and spending time outside are two examples of simple things a person can do to appreciate what's around them. It can start with the moment they get home from work.

“You hug your kids. You hug your husband or wife. You say, ‘How are you?' I think that's the first place to start,” she said. “If we each did that, that would spread.”

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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