If you haven't yet read her book, I can't recommend it enough.
It's no secret. I've always struggled with having a positive outlook on life. Love Jesus? Yes. Joy down in my heart? Yes. But my inherent nature tends toward the negative side of things. I like to call myself a "realist." ;)
Keeping an ongoing record of blessings and things I am thankful for has made a difference in my disposition. It helps me notice the little things. It helps me see, really see, how truly blessed I am.
Even if you don't read Ann Voskamp's book, I recommend that you, too, start a journal of thanks. Let it strictly be a place in which you number your blessings. I am so glad I started one, and as of right now, I've written down 167 "gifts" in my journal. (Thanks to my friend for blessing me with this journal. It's definitely being put to good use!)
I'm randomly sharing 15 of the blessings I've recorded:
Here's the one that I have:
And I absolutely love it! There's a different Bible verse at the bottom of every page.
Linked to Tell It To Me Tuesdays, Thoughtful Thursdays