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Your Life: Blessing others can bring you joy

Charlotte Lankard: Create your own blessings and find opportunities to bless one another, particularly during the holiday season.
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman Modified: November 17, 2012 at 8:23 pm •  Published: November 19, 2012

A family blog — Cottage in the Oaks — says the Blessing Tree sits in the middle of their entryway. On each branch is hung a blessing and anytime someone comes over they are encouraged to pick a blessing off the tree. Sing in the shower. Swing on a swing. Eat dinner outside at sunset. Visit a nursing home. Read a psalm. Take a nap. Listen to the birds. Take a picture a day for one month.

BJo says when the feeling of being blessed comes to you it is like a fragrance that clings, stays with you and follows you wherever you go so that you too might hand out blessings.

So how would that look in your life? What can you do to bless yourself or another as you move through this season?

Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Email her at



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