Do you ever have those days where you’re just, like, man, life is so good? I’ve been having a lot of those lately and, man, it feels really good.
Ever since graduating from college, I’ve been so self conscious about a lot of things: finding a job, keeping a job, performing well enough, paying bills on time, meeting new people, finding myself in reality.
You know what? Worrying about so many things is so damaging and draining. When I moved to Minneapolis from New York City, I worried every day for a month about if the person who took my spot on a lease actually moved in to the apartment. Instead of just emailing my old roommates to find out, I stressed for a good two hours every day about the problem.
Come to find out, she did move in (like I knew she would). Now it’s just a struggle getting my landlord to hand over the money for my security deposit. If you’re an expert in getting money back from a landlord, hook. me. up.
I thought if I was having trouble letting go and being happy, there must be some other people out there going through the same thing.
I’m hoping these three reasons to smile and be happy about your life will be help make your day a little brighter and a little less stressful. I think about these almost every day as I continue on a journey to become more grateful.
1. You’re able to read this
Sounds a little vague and, well, out there, right? But do you ever stop and think about how lucky we have it with this whole “I know how to read” and “I can access the Internet whenever and wherever I want” thing? I thought about what life would be like without the ability read, write, and communicate with people through technology. I couldn’t even imagine it. We’ve got it so good. Take a minute and be thankful for something we take for granted in our society.
2. You’ve got friends who are rooting for you
Sometimes, we forget there are more people in our lives than we realize who want us to be happy and are willing to lend a hand. The person who comes to my mind these days is my friend Mandie. We worked together while I lived in Chicago. She’s turned out to be one of my best friends and I have leaned on her so many times. I’m so thankful for our friendship. You want an easy way to find out who’s rooting for you? Take a look at who’s liked or commented on some of your recent Facebook posts. You might think I’m crazy, but take a look and think about your relationship with them. I bet if you think about it hard enough, there are plenty of people who would care about your well-being and want to help you succeed.
3. Life’s going to be OK.
This is one I need to work on more. When I start to worry, all the worst-case scenarios start coming to mind about how my world is going to come crashing down. But you know what? Those things have never happened. So when you’re stressing out and you think life’s giving you the stink eye, step away and focus your attention on something completely different, like working out or reading a book. It’s amazing how powerful attention diversion can be to our well-being.
That’s it from me. I’d love to hear some of the reasons you’re smiling and loving life today. Let me know in the comments below.