People go through life without truly appreciating what they have. Honestly, it’s hard to sit back and be happy with what you have in life when there’s so much left to want and desire. Most of us aren’t living the lives we want to. But there are still things to be grateful for.
Everyone should spend more time acknowledging the great things they have. Even on your worst day, there’s still something to appreciate. Overlooking those things will put you on the fast track to misery.
Why not being grateful will make you have an unhappy life
This is actually very simple to explain. If you’re always looking at what you don’t have, you’ll always be unhappy. You’ll see everything you wish you had and this puts you in a negative mindset. The more you look to what you want and the fact that you’re not getting it, the worse off your life will be.
On the flipside, if you focus on everything you have that fulfills your life and gives you happiness, you’ll be in a much better place. Stop looking up at what you want and look around you. You’ll realize you have everything you might possibly need. [Read: 17 ways to welcome positivity and have a better life]
Things to be grateful for that you might not appreciate as much as you should
As easy as it is to say to look at everything you have instead of what you don’t, it’s truly not that simple. We’re humans. We crave more. We want a better life than what we have and while that’s not a bad thing, it can dampen our perception of how great our lives truly are.
That’s why we’ve compiled some things to be grateful for that you might overlook in your day-to-day life. Next time you’re feeling down about your life, remember to appreciate these things.
#1 Your home. If you have a place to sleep each night with a roof over your head, consider yourself very lucky. Appreciate it. There are many, many people not as fortunate as you.
#2 Your health. If you’re in relatively good health without any major issues, be grateful. Many people aren’t as lucky to go through life with health as great as yours.
#3 Your family. Family can be tough to appreciate. I get it. And if you’re someone who’s lost touch with family, then be grateful for those you consider family. Not everyone is lucky enough to have their family at all.
#4 Being able to work. Working for a living is a luxury. Yes, you read that right. It seems difficult to fathom that being able to work should be seen as a great thing. You have the freedom to work and earn a living. Cherish this. Be grateful for the opportunity you have. [Read: How to choose between your love or your career]
#5 Your friends. Friends are an interesting thing. You choose these people to surround you with happiness, essentially. Be grateful for them. Appreciate them and let them know you love having them in your life.
#6 Your pets. I think this is something far too many people don’t appreciate enough. What about your pets? They give you endless love and attention and do you really ever appreciate the fact that you have them? Many people in your life will never care about you the way your pet does.
#7 The food you eat. The fact that you get to eat day in and day out is a privilege. This is not a guarantee for many people. Remember that you’re lucky enough to eat and, for the most part, each what you want. This will help you think of your life in happier terms.
#8 The love in your life. If you’re in a relationship and have someone special, count yourself lucky. Many people out there aren’t able to be with who they want. We often appreciate our loved ones but I think more people need to appreciate the fact that they are allowed to express their love. [Read: 16 ways to show your appreciation for someone you love]
#9 Being able to read. This is another one you probably never think of. Not everyone can read and write. It’s a luxury that makes your life way better than you probably can even imagine. Be grateful for this.
#10 Laughter. How many times in your life has laughter made everything better? Probably a lot. Appreciate the moments when you can share your laughter with those closest to you. [Read: How to laugh more and learn to love life]
#11 A bed to sleep in. In addition to a home to live in, you have a bed. Some people who have roofs over their heads aren’t as fortunate to be able to sleep in comfort. Your bed is with you every night and yet, how often have you been grateful to have it?
#12 Clean drinking water. There are far too many places in this world without clean drinking water for you to take it for granted. Remember all of the luxuries you have that are basic survival needs others don’t always get.
#13 Art. Some of the things to be grateful for can be quite simple. However, if you think of a life without them, like art, it becomes less positive. Art shapes many different people’s lives. The car you drive, the home you live in, and most else you come into contact with during your day was build because of art.
#14 Celebrations of any kinds. This is something we don’t appreciate enough. We celebrate a lot of things in order to appreciate those things, but do you ever show gratitude for being able to celebrate in the first place? It’s not allowed everywhere. [Read: 15 romantic ways to celebrate your anniversary]
#15 Waking up today. Need I say more? You’ve been given another day. Appreciate this so you never fail to live each day fully.
#16 Being able to see. Many people live in a world of black. You don’t. Be grateful for this. Your life would be worlds different if you had no vision.
#17 Sunsets. The sun gives you many things but the moment before it goes away for the night is better than art. Have you ever really taken a moment to be grateful for them? If not, you should start. Staring off into the sunset can make a lot of things better. [Read: How to pull off an amazing sunset proposal]
#18 Forms of entertainment. There are so many forms of entertainment out there just to keep you happy. But sometimes you don’t even think about how lucky you are to have it. Be thankful for your Netflix and your baseball games and your music. These are luxuries far too many take for granted.
#19 Electricity. Something that seems so insignificant literally runs your life. Make sure to appreciate that you have electricity to keep your food cold, to cook your food, to keep you cool in the heat and warm in the cold.
#20 Being able to learn. You have access to more than you think. With the ability to learn, all you have to do is read and you obtain knowledge. This is something we all take for granted far too much.
[Read: 25 ways to show someone you appreciate them without using words]
These may very well seem like super simple things to be grateful for, but just picture your life without one of them. It wouldn’t be very fun to live in a world without even one of these things. Remember that when you’re feeling ungrateful.
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