We all have things that we can complain about in life.
Whether it's the amount of traffic we need to sit in everyday on our way to and from work, the way we are treated by our in-laws, or the rate at which the cost of living is growing disproportionally to our income, the world is filled with issues.
While we may not be able to actively do something about amending a number of those challenges, we can change the way that we react to them. While complaining about them may get us some sympathy points from those "lucky" enough to hear us out, what good does complaining actually do?
In hopes of helping us cut back on our tendency to complain, I'd like to present a short list of things we can instead love and appreciate about our life. I encourage you to not only read this list (or watch this video) now, but to also bookmark it or print it out for quick reference should you ever find yourself basking in negativity unnecessarily.
1. YOU'RE ALIVE
This may seem like quite the cliché reminder, but when is the last time you genuinely gave thanks for the gift of life? Just incase you need the reminder, we are conscious beings inhabiting a vehicle of meat and bones that already has and will continue to experience an assortment of things in this life.
We experience emotions, can interact with one another, have our own set of skills and talents, and have all had a completely unique human experience thus far. If that's not something to be grateful for and love about life, than I don't know what is.
2. YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT & YOU'RE STILL HERE
While hardship may not be easy to go through in the moment of it, the fact that you are still here to read this article suggests that you made it through. You not only survived those moments when your shit seemed to hit the proverbial fan, but you're also that much stronger (whether or not you choose to recognize that) because of it.
Love the fact that you are a warrior that has persisted through everything life has thrown your way.
3. YOU'VE LAUGHED & ARE GOING TO LAUGH AGAIN
I don't need to sell you on how great laughter is. And I don't care how challenging your life has been thus far, we've all experienced a number of those moments where we could not be paid to stop laughing.
I'm referring to those moments where your eyes watered up and the muscles in your cheeks and stomach hurt from how funny something or someone was. The fact that you are capable of experiencing that much joy and are going to experience it again is a pretty great aspect of life to love.
4. WE CAN CONNECT WITH SO MANY PEOPLE, SO DAMN EASILY
The Internet is undoubtedly a double-edged sword. On one side it provides a platform to far too many people that shouldn't be given that ability, while on the other it gives us all a medium to connect with one another like never before.
With just a mouse click and a few strokes on our keyboard we can connect to hundreds if not thousands of people, all while accessing a database that is now pretty well endlessly filled with content on virtually all subject matter. If that isn't enough, the manners in which we can connect today are already mind-blowing, and we all know that what's available 10 years from now will make modern technology seem archaic.
5. EVERY GREAT MEMORY YOU HAVE
Whether it was the birth of your child, the day you graduated from school, or the moment you mustered up the courage to ask your significant other out on a date, we all have certain memories that stand out more than others.
The reason that these moments stand on a mental pedestal is that they offered an experience that was far more memorable than the likely mundane nature of your daily life. The fact that these greatest moments (no matter what they are to you) are a part of your life story thus far is definitely something to love and appreciate.
Let me start by clarifying that I am not solely referring to romantic relationships. What I am instead referring to is our ability to forge relationships with one another as a whole. Whether they be familial, friendly, or romantic, our ability to interact with another is an easy thing to love about life.
We have the ability to open up to others, to learn from their experiences, and to evoke emotions in one another amongst a gamut of other things that make life that much more interesting. Yes, relationships can be painful or heartbreaking at times, but they can also be fun and exciting to be a part of.
7. YOUR IMAGINATION
There are few things I love in this world more than my imagination. Not only has it been the instigating source to so many great ideas that have now been made into a reality, but it has also allowed me to conceptualize so many things I'll never consciously get the time to do.
Our conscious human experience is already so vast, the fact that it also comes with an imaginative ability to mentally create things at another level is like icing on the cake. While your imagination may have gotten you into trouble on a few occasions, choose to love your access to it and all of the good it has also done.
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