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A Few Things To Be Grateful For Today

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Sometimes it’s easier for us to focus on things we want, or don’t have, instead of being thankful for what we do have. Research actually suggests that practicing gratitude on a regular basis increases happiness.

What’s gratitude? According to the dictionary it means “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” In my eyes, it’s a state of mind. It’s a daily practice that reminds us that we encounter various blessings throughout our days and lifetime; and that being alive and getting to experience both the “good” and “bad” of life is a gift in and of itself.

When having a rough day, or a string of tough days, we may find it challenging to even think about one good thing, but surely there are items on this list we can all be grateful for:

Health
Sure, we may get sick here and there, but we’re breathing now. Too often we take for granted all that our bodies allow us to do and experience — seeing, listening, walking, writing, singing, thinking and experiencing our world – every day.

Friends
For the love, support, kindness that they offer. Plus, all of the fun we have! All you need is one good friend, one real friend, and you can get through anything.

Our Mistakes
I’m a firm believer that our mistakes are our greatest teachers. And it’s in the making of those mistakes that we find the opportunity to learn about ourselves. Never look at a mistake as failure – rather an opportunity to grow.

Literacy
If you’re reading this then you’re among the fortunate. For many in this world, literacy is a privilege, not a right.  The written word has the power to change the world.

Your Parents
They may not have been perfect but believe they did their best. If you got lucky, these will be some of the best people you know, sharing some of the best memories of your life with.

Hugs
A good hug can really change you’re entire outlook on the day. There’s no better feeling in the world, am I right?!

Laughter
It’s the best medicine in the world. As long as we can laugh, we can make it through any situation.

Clean Water
This is something we take for granted. According to water.org, 750 million people around the world lack access to safe water. Putting it into perspective, more than twice the population of the U.S. lives without access to safe water.

Second Chances
We all make mistakes, but the beauty of life is that every morning we wake up and get another chance to get it right.

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