30 Days of Personal Growth, Day 14: What Are You Thankful For?

I amĀ gratefulĀ for what I am and have.
My thanksgiving is perpetual…
O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches.
No run on my bank can drain it
for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.

-Henry David Thoreau

The past few days have been a drag for me. With temperatures near 100, buses and trains running ridiculously slow, and my commute busting my wallet, I’ve been eager to finish each day and climb in my bed.

This over-it attitude, however, is distracting me from what’s going well in my life. For one, I’m interning at a magazine, a medium I’ve been obsessed with since I picked up an issue of Reader’s Digest at age 6. I also scored a writing contract with a magazine for teen girls, and I’m about to renew my freelance writing contract with a popular online company. I got all the money I need to finish my degree this fall. Plus, I’m blogging every day! When I think about all these awesome things, a few minutes waiting for the bus in the blazing heat doesn’t seem so bad.

I’m making a mental note of everything I’m grateful for and happy about today, because even when one area of my life isn’t going the way I’d like, there’s always something else to smile about. Food, hot water, and clothing are a start. There’s always a reason to feel good, even if it’s “just” the fact that you woke up today or had a comfortable place to sleep last night. Not everyone did.

If you focus on the positive things in your life, you’ll find that you have many reasons to be grateful. Don’t forget to express your gratitude and joy to the people who’ve helped you in one way or another, too. Today and always, choose to take stock of the awesome things going on in your world–it’s sure to be a long list.

PS: Check out these fun, free gratitude worksheets from Feel Good Tribe!

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