The Little Things I'm Thankful For Even in the Throes of Mental Illness
You know that feeling you get when you win a board game? The pure innocent joy of succeeding at rolling some dice and lucking into a few good cards… it’s really something special. It shows how simple it is to enjoy the small things in life.
Sunrises and sunsets
A good cup of coffee
The first snowfall in the winter and the first bloom in the spring
Coupons, discounts, and bargains
The lines in the carpet after vacuuming
Eating yummy foods
Watching an excellent movie
Freshly washed bed sheets
The feeling of trust and the feeling of love
Finding money in a pocket
That clean feeling after a shower
The excitement of checking the mail and actually getting something other than junk
Binge-watching a favorite show
Random acts of kindness
Hitting every green light on the way home
Laying in bed after a long day
The radio playing a favorite song
Watching people thrive
YouTubing cute animal videos
Cracking up at a good joke, pun, or story
Engaging in a hobby
Friendly cashiers and store employees
Nice cold ice water
Helping someone else
Fuzzy blankets and fuzzy socks
playing a board game with the ones you love.
Living with a mental illness can truly suck. Like really suck. And it isn’t always possible to do, but when it is – enjoy the little things in life. We all have something to be a thankful for. I encourage you to spread the cheer by sharing what you are thankful for, no matter how small. Your list of joys just might bring joy to someone else. We’re all in this together.
This is dedicated to my three main guys who always remind me that there is something to smile about.
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