Being thankful for the little things is often an overlooked thing, especially when faced with the complexities of everyday life, and the vast amount of problems therein. Therefore, I thought it would be awesome to highlight some of the small things that, although often taken for granted, are amazing things to be thankful about!
I’ve also made a video on this topic with all of the same 6 things, check it out:
1. Waking Up
Every morning that you wake up is a blessing, and the fact that you did in it’s own right is something to be happy about. I know it may seem like a little thing, but it’s in fact one of the biggest things due to the fact that you waking up is how you’re here right now, reading this post and actively making changes in your life!
We all have the same amount of time in a day: 24 hours. Yet, how we utilize that time is of great importance and determines what changes we are able to make within our life; although we all have the same amount of time, it’s how we use it that matters. Becoming more disciplined grants us more freedom, accomplishing the things we know we must on a daily basis will leave us more room to do the things we want to do for leisure. So therefore, being thankful for the time that we are granted is key, because the utilization of that very time grants us the ability to create the things we want to within our lives, and to become the greatest versions of who we are!
3. Clean Water
Having access to a readily accessible source of water is a very overlooked thing, as it’s something that we’ve all grown so used to in our lives. When we need to take a shower or brush our teeth, we simply turn a knob and it’s there at the call. When we want to have a drink of water, we can easily access the sink (although of course maybe not the very cleanest) or the grocery store and get it within a very reasonable amount of time; those luxuries can blind us to the reality that it’s not that easy for so much of the world. Today, there are 844 million people without access to safe drinking water, and 2.3 billion people without access to improved sanitation. Those numbers are staggering, and while certainly inspiring actions for improvement, also simply inspire thankfulness in our own situations and the easily accessible water sources we do have, but also the improved sanitation systems we’ve grown so much to see as such a normalcy.
4. Friends & Family
The people in our life are very overlooked, especially if we see them or talk to them on a daily basis, it can be hard to even imagine life without them. This is why it is vital to ensure that we continually let them know just how happy we are to have them in our lives, whether that be through a text or a phone call, just giving them a knowing that we are thankful for them is truly going a long way, and will really make them feel amazing! Go ahead, send a text to your parents and tell them how much you love them, or call that friend who you haven’t talked to in ages and just let them know how important they are to you; I promise that it will not only spread thankfulness, but it will also make you very happy!
The relationship we share with our pets is simply breathtaking; it’s a relationship based almost solely on trust. Letting them know on a daily basis just how much we love them is key, and they are without a doubt something to be thankful for; whether that be the way they just lay around looking so cute, to the way they rub up against your leg and tell you, in their own special way, just how thankful THEY are for YOU. So, go poke their cute little selves and tell them just how important they are to you, I know for certain that they will appreciate it!
6. Growth & Knowledge
The quick access we have to knowledge and the ability to expand our minds is not something that individuals even 50 years ago had; we can literally pick up our phones and go learn anything we want to in an instant, and in any format! Books, videos, podcasts, you name it, it’s there! That is something I, every single day am so thankful for because I love the process of growth and expansion, and am continually using my readily available access to those tools to expand my knowledge and outlook on life itself.
So, there you have it, 6 things that YOU should most certainly be thankful about. Now, this list can obviously go on forever and can be tailored to almost anyone, because we all have different things in life that make us happy and help to expand who we are as individuals. Be sure to leave comments about what you are thankful for, I love knowing what inspires other people to become the greatest versions of who they are!
Until next time, don’t forget to spread you own little “peace” of love out into the world! ❤
By Julian Costa