Take Nothing for Granted

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Sometimes, when you’re going through a rough time, or when depression may be showing its ugly face again, it may be hard to feel grateful for what you do have. It’s easy to despair when chronic illness causes debilitating pain, or when luck doesn’t seem to be on your side.

But even during these difficult times, it’s important to remember the things you should be grateful for. Indeed, developing a gratitude habit could actually help you through these tough times. Even if the world seems against you, chances are, if you’re reading this, you have a lot to be thankful for. Take nothing for granted. Remember your good fortune, even in the middle of a crisis. Doing so will help you to find the silver linings in every situation, and in turn, will help you lead a happier life.


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1. If you’re reading this, you have an Internet connection.

Even if you’re borrowing your friend’s laptop or cell phone, or visiting the library so you can use the Internet for free, you have a way of getting information and connecting with the world. Don’t take this for granted, as not everyone is granted this luxury.

2. If you’re reading this, you probably have enough to eat.

If you can use a phone or computer, you’re probably able to purchase enough food to not go hungry. Or you have the skills to access a Food Bank or ask your neighbourhood friends to help you. And if you have a phone or computer but can’t do these things, you need to shift your priorities a little. 

3. If you’re reading this, you probably have clean water to drink.

And even if your community is under a boil water advisory, you probably can still turn on the faucet instead of travelling for hours before carrying a heavy water bucket back to your community. Clean water should be a basic right, yet many the world over view it as a luxury, because they have no other choice.


These three things may seem so simple that it’s hard to feel grateful for them, especially in times of crisis. But developing a gratitude habit is an act of taking absolutely nothing for granted. Remember to be thankful for the little things, and soon enough, the bigger things will find you (or you’ll have enough gratitude and energy to find them).

What are you grateful for today?

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