100 Reasons To Be Thankful
The holidays are a time to reflect and count your blessings. This time of nostalgia has us thinking of all the things we are thankful for. Lindsay Holmes, Healthy Living Editor at The Huffington Post set us up with a list of 100 Thing To Be Grateful For. It really is the little, and big, things in life that matter. As we sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, we should count all the ways we are thankful. Here is a list to get you thinking!
Your pet. Studies show pet ownership increases happiness.
Making the subway just before the doors close. Success!
Good hair days. Humidity is no one's friend.
Your morning coffee. A cup of joe has outstanding health benefits. Not to mention, it's a good excuse to catch up with your colleagues before your day begins.
The moment you have exact change. How else are you going to use those pennies?
That movie that always makes you laugh. Laughter has been linked to health benefits ranging from a better immune system to lower blood pressure.
When the bus driver sees you running and waits 10 extra seconds to let you on. No waiting in the rain for you.
When someone sees your hands are full and opens the door for you. Don't underestimate the power of a small gesture.
Your health. The more you appreciate your well-being, the more you'll prioritize it. Here are a few things to keep in mind about your health.
Sunny winter days. Many people are subject to the "winter blues" during the seasonal shift, making the blissfully "warm and sunny" days in the middle of the season a precious gift.
Your close friends. Studies show hanging out with your BFF can reduce stress.
The holidays. They don't call it "the most wonderful time of the year" for nothing. Here's how to carry the joy of the season with you all year 'round.
Puppy videos. How can you resist?
Your favorite TV show. You genuinely can't help but become invested in the juicy love triangles or the drama. Humans are psychologically wired to get attached to fictional characters.
Adele's new album. Or any emotional piece of music, for that matter. Research shows that you just can't help but listen to sad songs -- and they have psychological benefits.
The moment when your food comes at a restaurant. Drool.
Your child's face after they get a present. That's what pure joy looks like.
Thank you notes. It feels just as good to send one as it does to get one.
Opportunities to volunteer. Research shows helping others doesn't just make them feel good, but it also boosts your happiness.
Your co-workers. You spend the majority of your weekday waking hours with them. They definitely make that nine-to-five feel more bearable.
When your favorite song comes on the radio at the perfect moment. Admit it, you've totally flailed your arms when your jam comes through the speakers. It's like destiny is on your side.
A great hike. When you're done, it feels like you've accomplished some great feat. Plus, there are serious benefits to spending some time in nature.
A really comfortable chair. Naps welcome (they're good for you!).
When you wake up before your alarm and get to roll back over. A few more hours to sleep? Score.
Not setting an alarm on a weekend. Score again.
Chocolate. There's a health benefit to the sweet treat, in case you needed a reason.
When your dog is so happy to see you. Fido not only loves you unconditionally, research shows dogs consider you family and relieve anxiety.
Familial support. They've got your back.
Adult friendships. Some things just get better with age. Research shows close friendships help increase longevity.
Getting lost in a good book. Studies show that reading fiction actually make you more empathetic in real life. Here are some suggestions if you're looking a new novel.
Cozy scarves. Winter means sporting these bad boys all day, every day.
Successfully making a challenging recipe. And then eating it in all its delicious glory. Looking for a new recipe? Try one of these.
Your other half. It doesn't matter if it's a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife or just an awesome partner in crime. These relationships boost our well-being.
Vacations. Research shows planning a trip boosts your happiness. Pick a place and head out.
Office-provided snacks. There's nothing wrong with loving free food.
Alone time. At times it can feel less precious than it truly is. Here's how to learn to embrace alone time.
December 22nd. That's when the days start getting longer again. Three cheers for (eventually) more sunlight!
Comfortable shoes. It's like walking on a pillow.
An awesome boss. Your management plays a big role in your workplace wellness. And the better the workplace, the happier you are.
A favorite night shirt. Or any set of pajamas for that matter. What you wear to bed sets your sleep up for success.
Being a parent. Tiny humans are adorable and hilarious -- but yours are the best, of course.
Being single. Think of how much independence you have. You are not defined by your relationship status.
A great pair of jeans. Talk about a confidence boost.
Sharing a smile with a stranger. Doing so increases your happiness.
Sibling bonds. There's nothing quite like them. Here's proof.
A perfectly-made cocktail. Best paired with a Friday night. Try one of these mouthwatering recipes.
Or a really good craft beer. The more seasonal, the better.
Or wine. Whatever you prefer, really.
Your parents. Studies show that calling your mom can reduce stress, so pick up that phone!
Friday nights. Really, is there any better feeling than knowing you have two days free?
I agree with every single one of these. Check out the other 50 things, here!