count (one's) blessings

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count (one's) blessings

To reflect on the good things in one's life and be grateful for them. I know you're disappointed that you didn't come in first, but so many other incredible things have happened to you this year. Count your blessings, my darling. I try to count my blessings every day—it's a great antidote to sadness!
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count your blessings

be grateful for what you have.
2003 The Hindu: Literary Review At forty you ruminate. Mostly about life and what it has done to you. At forty you count your blessings. And accept the bitter dollops that have been flung your way.
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count your ˈblessings

realize how lucky you are and not complain: Stop looking so miserable and count your blessings! At least you’ve still got a job and somewhere to live.
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count one's blessings

Appreciate what one has, or one’s good fortune. This Pollyanna-like phrase is often used to help avoid worrying about what one lacks or one’s bad luck. (Pollyanna, a children’s book from the early 1900s by Eleanor H. Porter, is the story of an orphan girl who remains resolutely cheerful and sweet-tempered in the face of considerable adversity.) A modern version of the cliché is think positive.
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WE often criticise our own lovely country and the way it's run, but sometimes we should reflect and count our blessings we were not born in North Korea.
Maybe, such is human nature, it won't last long, but we can look at our supposedly normal, humdrum lives in a new light - and count our blessings.
And as we look at our own loved ones this Christmas - and every day, come to that - we must all count our blessings.
We should count our blessings as we sit down with the turkey.
I'M A pensioner of 72 and still working and I object to this person saying that we should count our blessings and stop complaining.
It is time to acknowledge our brave war heroes, especially at Christmas because this is the time to reflect upon the things we have and count our blessings.
We should count our blessings that we live in a free country, with free speech.
During this time of uncertainty, it's also wise for all of us to count our blessings.
Let's count our blessings for being part of a publishing community noted for its openness and comraderie, not to mention a financial vitality in an age so desperately seeking what newsletters are built on: content.
But the rest of us should count our blessings because, with the publication of The Road Ahead, Gates has played his hand.
We, the public, should count our blessings to have these dedicated doctors who studied for years to get where they are today.
Instead the dreadful fate of L'Aquila is a moment for us to count our blessings, to give thanks that we in the UK suffer earth tremors rather than earthquakes.