Once in a while, many of us adopt a very reflective state of mind in which we think critically about all the things we are grateful for. Doing this is a good idea since contemplating why our lives are so wonderful can precipitate good moods and subsequently cause us to make positive contributions to the lives of others. If you’re struggling to come up with reasons to appreciate life, think about these eight things that make your life beautiful.
Things That Make Your Life Beautiful
Although we don’t always recognize it, life is one of the greatest gifts we’re blessed to have. Every morning that we wake up, we breathe in fresh air and feel the blood pumping through our veins as we begin moving around in preparation for the day. When we go outside, many of us are exposed to the beauty and organicity of nature as our eyes drink in the leaves, grass, sky, and earth. This is definitely something to be grateful for.
Although many of us are not grateful for our jobs, we probably should be. Even if we don’t find our job intellectually stimulating or personally rewarding, it’s paying our bills and improving our skill set so we’ll be a good applicant for a better job.
As an infinitely wise person once said, friends are the family we get to choose. Whether we select our friends because of a trait that we have, common interests, intelligence, or something else, friends brighten our day and fill us with the self-confidence necessary to help us accomplish our purpose in life. Without friends to offer support and guidance, life would be boring and much more difficult.
Although we often take food as a given and for granted, people without it often think of it in terms of a luxury. In addition to tickling our taste buds, food provides us with the nutrition we need to lead energetic, healthy lives. Being able to afford food that satisfies our bodies and minds is definitely something to feel grateful for.
In reflecting on our personal lives, many of us find that we take our families for granted. But we shouldn’t. Generally, it is our family members who we can go to when we are in an emergency or feel that we need to get something off our chest. And it’s our family members who we tend to call when in need of money, housing, or some other significant resource. For this reason, we should remember to be grateful for our families.
Just as we tend to take our family members for granted, we often forget to be thankful for our health. Unfortunately, there are millions of people all over the world who are grappling with degenerative diseases and debilitating conditions that rob them of joy, mobility, and the ability to do productive work. When we are in health, we are more likely to lead lives marked by positivity and productivity. And that’s why we should be grateful for our health.
7. The Little Things
A phone call from a friend. Easy access to a convenience store where you can pick up your favorite snack on the fly. Receiving an unexpected package in the mail. These are the types of little things that we often take for granted yet shouldn’t. They enrich our lives by functioning as pick-me-ups that make our days better and brighter. Take time to be thankful for the little things.
8. Modern Technology
While many of us have naturalized the world of modern technology as a result of how integral to our daily lives it has become, we need to think about the fact that it makes our lives infinitely easier. E-mails and text messages allow us to communicate with our friends and family members at any time. Instagram gives us the ability to send photos recording important events to anyone 24/7. Mobile devices allow us to do internet research at the grocery store. These are just some of the great benefits we reap as a result of modern technology. So its presence in our lives is certainly something to be grateful for.
As the holidays approach, make them bigger and brighter by reflecting on all the things you’re grateful for. Doing so will keep you in a good mood and help you prepare for an amazing New Year!
Author Derek is currently blogging for AlignedSigns, a site that helps connect like-minded people by using astrology, Myers-Briggs assessment and Chinese zodiac. When he is not blogging, he enjoys offer relationship advice and ways people can de-stress and live life.
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