Being grateful for the good things in your life shouldn’t only be practiced during Thanksgiving. Being thankful everyday helps you take the focus off what is wrong in your life, and instead focus on what is good. Even when you feel that everything is wrong in your life or you have nothing to be thankful for, in reality there is always something.
Being grateful makes us feel more content, helps us bounce back from stress, makes us more optimistic, makes us less self-centered and so many more benefits.
Here are some facts to help you see things a bit differently, and realize how great your life actually is.
- According to water.org 780 million people lack access to safe drinking water. Think about that next time you leave the water running while brushing your teeth or leave empty water bottles laying around.
- 70% of the world does not have access to the internet!
- At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day Even if you’re on welfare and living in the U.S., you already make more money than most people in the world.
- The odds of you being born are 1 in 6 x 10100 or
1 in 60000000000000000000000000000000000 00000000000000000000000000 000000000000000000000000000000000000 Don’t believe me. Check it out here. See, just the fact that you were born makes you special. Maybe you don’t know what your purpose is yet, but it’s no accident that you’re here. And while we’re talking about being alive, be grateful for your parents. Even if you don’t have the best parents, because of them you’re alive.
- About 24.1 million people have a severe disability where they can’t work, drive, or live independently. Be happy that your five senses work. Obviously you can see if you can read this. But not everyone has this privilege. How do you describe color to someone who was born blind? Or describe music or a child’s laugh to someone who was born deaf?
- Be grateful for having caring family and friends. Over 400,000 kids are in the foster care system in the U.S. 30,000 age out of the system every year and don’t have any family members to rely on.
- Over 90 million people in the U.S. don’t have jobs.
- Many countries, including India, China, Japan, Israel, and Pakistan, still practice arranged marriages. Can you imagine having your parents pick out your husband/wife without you knowing them? Some cultures still practice this til this day.
- 610,042 people are homeless in the United States, that we know of.
- 70 million children don’t go to school. This is due to different reasons, including conflicts and severe poverty. Kids living in north-eastern part of Africa are affected the most. As much as it’s a pain to wake up early, have tons of homework, and deal with rude classmates, having an education is a privilege.
Write down 20 things you’re grateful for today. If you make this a habit, you’ll find that you’ll start to enjoy the little things in life everyday. Try living in a state of gratitude every day, instead of waiting around for things to happen and then feeling grateful.
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About the author.
Liza J Alvarado is a professional counselor in private practice. She serves Adolescents, young adults, and Spanish speaking families in Lehigh Valley, PA.