The holidays shouldn’t be the only time we remember to appreciate what’s good in our lives. Take the time periodically throughout the year to remind yourself of what you have rather than focusing on what you don’t.
From basic human freedoms to being able to treat yourself to something extra now and then, here are a few signs you’re doing better than you think, adapted from Brianna Wiest of Thought Catalog.
You have a job.
For however many hours, at whatever rate, you are earning money that helps you eat something, sleep on something and wear something every day.
You have a space of your own.
It doesn’t even have to be a home or apartment. All you need is a room, a corner, a desk, where you can create or rest at your discretion and where you govern who gets to be part of your world.
You have one or two truly close friends or family members.
The number of people in your tribe has no bearing on how much you feel acceptance, community or joy. All we really need are a few close people who know us (and love us) no matter what.
You’ve been through some stuff.
You can look at challenges you currently face and compare them to ones you thought you’d never get over. Life did not get easier, you got smarter.
You are free and safe.
You have basic human rights and civil liberties. You do not have to constantly fear bombs, warfare or having to flea your home.
You have the time and means to do things beyond the bare minimum.
Maybe you’ve been to a concert in the last few months, you buy books for yourself, or you can save for a vacation if you want.
You are not worried about where your next meal is coming from.
There’s food in the fridge or pantry, and you have enough to actually pick and choose what you want to eat.
The truth is, you’re doing better than a lot of people in this world. Try making a mental or physical list once a month of all the things that are good in your life. It really helps keep things in perspective!
20 Signs You’re Doing Better Than You Think You Are | Thought Catalog