While reading Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself over the course of a year. I decided that I would start answering one of the questions each day for the next year. Not only will this give me a reason to blog every day for a year straight, it will get my creative juices flowing–and I think it will be fun! If you join in please leave me a comment so I can see your answers too. :)
Day #13: Do you celebrate the things you do have?
Yes. I think being grateful for the things you have in life, whether material or less tangible, is essential to living a happy life. I’m grateful for all of the material blessings I have, like a comfortable apartment, a car that runs well, heat on a cold day, etc. I’m very grateful for my good health. I’m grateful for the non-physical things that I have–good relationships, a sunny day, living down the road from the public library. My husband teases me for it, but I get excited when I see the mail truck each day–getting a card from a friend or a new magazine to read makes me smile! It might be a small thing, but it makes me feel blessed–I have friends and family who love me, I have a beautiful sunny day to sit by the window and read, I have good eyesight to read rather than having to get someone else to read for me, etc. Plus my cats come to snuggle with me when I sit down, which makes me feel loved (and keeps me warm).
I think stopping to take stock of blessings large and small makes such a different between an average day and a very happy one, because when you’re dwelling on all of these blessings, it’s hard to not feel joyful and excited about life!