Simple Things to Be Thankful For Today (& Everyday)

Life can get the best of us sometimes. We get so caught up in the moment that we forget to look at the bigger picture. 

Let's admit it - it is easy for us to see the bad in things, (it's in our nature), and all it takes is a Facebook log-in, a scroll through the newspaper, and a bad experience to not only take us there but sometimes even keep us in a rut. 

Yes, we are all different. No one journey is the same - the same time that one person is experiencing the best time of his or her life, is the same time that someone is experiencing his or her worst. But we can all relate to the unexpectancies of life - the heartbreak and successes, the silly mistakes and unfortunate luck,  the best of times and the worst.

But in the midst of our personal chaos, there really is always somethings to be grateful for.

Here are ten simple (yet grand) things:

There is always something to look forward to. If you're going through rough times and it gets worse, it can only get better. Truly. If you're going though the best of times, it can still only get better. 

Some of the best days of our lives still await us! And that's extremely encouraging.

Having a new beginning is up to us. Only you are responsible for your own actions and your emotions. Everything is what you make of it. You can choose to be happy, you can choose to be sad, and best of all you can choose as many fresh starts as you wish. 

It's easier said than done, but it's awaiting you. 

The ability to dream (& act upon them). Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a dream and actually have the opportunity to take action. We can all dream but to be able to know that whether or not your dream comes true is up to you is something to be extremely thankful for. 

Plus, I'm guessing you're either reading this on your phone or computer (and you can read!) - so you're already way more fortunate than many others.

Time is on our side. This being true in two ways -

One being that it is fair to all of us. We all have the same amount of hours in a day, the same amount of days in a week, and the same amount of weeks in a year. Like a quote I once read:

Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human has the exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.
— Denis Waitley

The second being that time heals all.

We are growing older. Though some may hate to face the realities of getting older, it's a part of life that not everyone gets to experience. Some will never get to accomplish lifetime goals: attaining the dream career, meeting the grandchildren, finding the love of your life, etc. So look at it this way - the older you get, the more you get to experience. 

Our bodies. Our bodies love us so much. All they live for is to keep us alive. It makes sure we breathe while we sleep, it heals bruises, and it stops cute from bleeding. It'll go so far to fix broken bones and find as many ways as possible to beat the illnesses that might get to you. Your body literally loves you so much! Be thankful for all that it does and love it back.

Laughter. If you can still manage to laugh when everything seems to be going wrong, it's a sign that everything is going to be okay and you are okay. Laughter is the purest form of happiness and hope (and it can't come without a smile)! 

Whenever I am undergoing difficult times and I catch myself letting out the slightest laugh (at anything), I can't help but think to myself that you know what... I guess I mustn't be doing too bad because I still have this in me. 

Love. It lets you feel what it truly means to be alive. Love doesn't disappoint, love doesn't hurt. Love is the most powerful healer and builder and influencer. Giving and receiving love is the most human, most beautiful and most innocent thing to experience. 

The fact that we can all relate. When we feel like we're alone, we're really not. You are not the only one on this planet that has ever experienced any sole thing. Yes, of course, no one story is the exact same. But at the root of things, someone out there has experienced a version of what you are going through. And it's relieving to know that just like them, you can overcome it too (whatever that may be). 

Good AND bad moments. Good moments are great. Those are easy to feel thankful for. But bad moments are great, too. I know it may be hard to see them as such when we are experiencing them but what we tend to overlook during bad moments is what they are teaching us. We're learning to appreciate, to cherish, and we're learning about ourselves. What greater thing in life than to get to know ourselves more? How strong we are and how much stronger we can be, what we thought we wanted but actually don't. It's all to our benefit.