Sometimes, you may have days (or even weeks or months) when you're stuck in a funk that leaves you looking for reasons to love your life again, so you can shake the dark cloud over your head. We all go through tough times when we feel like it's the end of the world and things couldn't possibly get any worse. When this happens, it's important to remember that you still have so many new experiences ahead to look forward to! So whether you're having a tough time, or just want a happiness boost, here are 10 great reasons to love your life that you should always remember.
1. You Have People Who Love You
This is one of the most obvious reasons to love your life, but when you are feeling down it can be hard to remember this simple fact. Whether it's your parents, your child, your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, best friend, sibling, cousin, or even your pet... someone, somewhere, loves you. If you are lucky enough to be in a serious relationship, realize that you already have something that people are searching for desperately. If you are single, love the fact that you still get to look forward to experiencing a first kiss, a first date, and every other amazing feeling that comes along with a new love. If both or either of your parents are alive and love you, love the fact that they are still in your life, as some people have never met their parents or have lost one or both already. If you have a child that loves you, realize that there are people in the world who can't ever have children and realize how lucky you are.
2. You Have a Job
If you are one of the lucky few who has a stable job right now, then that is a huge reason to love your life. So many people are desperate for work right now, so even if your job is the source for some of your unhappiness, remind yourself of this fact. Maybe you have a job that you hate, or a career that isn't what you hoped to have, but at least be happy that you have an income of some kind to feed, clothe, and shelter you. If you don't have a job, try to enjoy your free time when you can. Instead of sitting around being miserable that you're unemployed, do something that doesn't cost money to make yourself happy. Check out a library book and read it outside on a nice day or take your dog to a dog park and watch all the different kinds of breeds. You will cherish your free time once you get a job and don't have as much of it.
3. You Still Have Places to Visit
I'm sure there are tons of places you've been as well as tons of places you want to go. Make a promise to yourself that you will try to make plans to travel to at least one place you've been dying to go to, every year or two. This way, you can love the fact that you have a big trip to look forward to and that you still have more to experience in life. Sitting around moping that you can't travel isn't going to get you anywhere. Planning a trip a year or two ahead gives you enough time to save money, make your plans, and save up vacation days to take. There is so much in this world to experience, and remembering that will give you an instant happiness boost and some motivation to get out there and see it all! Your adventures are nowhere near over and that's something to love!
4. You Are Beautiful
Whether you think so right now or not, you are beautiful. Sometimes we get so busy in our lives that we forget to do things that make ourselves feel good. Things like get our hair done, take time to paint our nails, pluck our eyebrows, or go shopping for an outfit that we will look and feel amazing in. The next time you are feeling down about your looks, schedule a makeover at your favorite salon. Get a haircut, manicure, pedicure, facial and makeup application. You will look and feel like a completely new woman and will remember just how beautiful you are. Sometimes we all just need a quick refresh after a tough week or month to get us back on track!
5. You Have Media to Experience
We all have TV shows, movies, games, books, or music that we hold very close to our hearts. We get so excited when our favorite artist drops a new CD or when the third book of our favorite series is released. Realize that you still have so much new entertainment to look forward to in the future as reasons to love your life. Have you ever seen a movie that you felt changed your life or became obsessed with a love story in a TV show that you couldn't stop following? All those moments of excitement, love, sadness, laughter, and inspiration are all reasons to love life and the things it has to offer. Watching re-runs of my favorite TV shows always makes me happy and reading books always gets me excited. Technology and media are two huge parts of our world today and are definitely reasons to love life and be excited for what will come in the future!
6. You Can Always Learn Something New
No matter how old you are, you can always learn something new. Try learning a new language that may come in handy in your career or take up learning guitar on the weekends. The happiness you feel accomplishing something new will be another great reason to love your life. Also remember all of the things you already know how to do that others may not. Maybe you can draw or write really well or you're a great basketball player. Those are the things that set you apart from everyone else and make you special.
7. You Are Healthy
Well, hopefully all of you reading this are healthy. If you are 100% healthy, then congrats, you have another huge reason to love your life. There are so many people who were born with disfigurements or diseases right from the start. You should be happy that you've gotten to live a healthy life as long as you have, as some people never get to. If you do have a health aliment, love the fact that you live in a time where medicine is getting better everyday and that you still have a chance to fight and come out on top. There is always hope, even in the bleakest situations.
8. You Have the Power to Change Lives
Many people feel like they don't have the power to change the world by being only one person. While this may be true sometimes, it only takes one person to change another individual's life. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, foster dogs or cats until they find a good home, or donate money or household items to a family in need. Knowing that you have the power to help change someone's life is a great reason to love your own life. Bringing joy to others is a great way to bring joy to your own life.
9. You Enjoy the Little Things
One of the best feelings in life is drawing joy out of the little things that make you happy. Even with everything going on in your life stressing you out or making you upset, these little things can still make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. I'm talking about the feeling you get when you wrap up in a blanket and drink cocoa on a rainy day, or hear an old favorite song you haven't heard in years, or the first bite of a warm and gooey chocolate cookie. If you take the time to enjoy the little things that make you happy in life, you can forget about every other complicated thing going on and just love your life in that moment.
10. You Have Life Events to Look Forward to
Especially when you're young, you still have so much to look forward to. Being 23, I am still looking forward to getting engaged one day, getting married, having children, buying a house, working towards my dream career, etc. There are so many things I still get to look forward to and plan! Even if you are further ahead in completing all your life events, that doesn't mean you can't create new ones for yourself! Maybe you want to finish writing a novel, start dog breeding, or stay in Paris for a month. As long as you keep giving yourself big events to work towards, you will always be loving your life and looking forward to what's ahead.
I hope that I have helped make someone's day brighter or turned someone's perception in the optimistic direction. There are so many suicides nowadays, especially with younger kids, which makes it even more upsetting. I wish they knew that what you should really love about life... is that it will always get better. You only live once, don't ever forget that! What are some things that make you love your life?