Gratitude can be really hard. Amidst the mess and little disasters of day-to-day life, we don’t always remember to stop and say “thanks.”
But what if gratitude could actually improve your health? Research says that it does. Grateful people are often healthier, happier, and more satisfied with their lives. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. Keep a journal and write down one thing you’re thankful for at the end of every day. In a month, look back at everything you’ve written. I guarantee the results will change your perspective on a few things.
To get you started, I’ve decided to list a few things that I, as a college student, am thankful for this holiday season. Feel free to add your own!
I know, I know, this probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you’re trying to find things to be thankful for. But just think of how many people don’t have an opportunity like yours and wish they did!
This is the time of year when we’re forced to spend loads of time with those related to us. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your family dynamic, but I’d encourage you to put it in perspective either way. Friends will come and go, but your family will be in your life forever. That’s an easier pill to swallow if you find a way to appreciate them.
3. My Roommate
Every day is a good day to spread some roommate love, but at this season of the year it’s especially important. Consider leaving a note on the door or sending a text at a random time during the day. I guarantee it will brighten your roommate’s day.
4. Christmas Lights
I don’t know about you, but there’s something special about walking around at night and seeing houses and storefronts aglow. I usually have at least one string in my dorm room, if not multiple. This holiday season, find a place with plenty of lights and just walk around for a little while.
Have you ever written a letter? I mean a real, honest-to-goodness letter. Not an email, not a text, and not a Facebook message. A letter. The pencil-meets-paper-kind.
You should. Getting something tangible in the mailbox can transform someone’s entire day—or even their week. Don’t underestimate the impact of even just one page. You might even get one in return!
Whatever you’re thankful for this November, keep a record of it. There may come a day when you need to look back at all the things that gave your life beauty and meaning. On that day, you’ll be glad you bought that journal.