Life undoubtedly features its fair share of hardship. And given the strength and sudden speed with which these challenges can strike, it can be easy to put greater focus on the more negative aspects of our existence than the positive.
But no matter who you are or what your current situation is, there are always things to be grateful for and to appreciate in life. In an attempt to remind you of just how wonderful your life has been thus far and will continue to be, I’ve put together a list of 19 one-sentence reminders I feel we can all benefit from being told.
I truly believe that all 19 of these statements apply to each and every one of us, but even if only a handful of them resonate with you, let them inspire you to strengthen the love you have for this blessing that we call life.
(Note: I’ve compiled this list in both written and video format to give you the option to process it via whichever medium you prefer.)
1. You’ve been through a lot and you’re still here.
As I mentioned off the top, we’ve all been through hardship in life. Whether your life has been relatively easy on you or has been a constant struggle, we’ve all been through things that could have laid us low. But we are still standing here today, and that is something to be proud of.
2. Being different is a blessing, not a curse.
Even if you’re among those who make a point of modelling themselves after people they admire, we are all unique in this world. And that uniqueness, whether or not your traits adhere to the currently praised ones in pop culture, is something to embrace and celebrate.
3. You’re as young right now as you’re ever going to be.
No matter how old you currently are, you are never going to be as young as you are right now in this moment. So if not now, when?
4. You’re your own biggest critic in life.
This may sound negative to some, but it can also be quite empowering to remind yourself that if you learn to reel in your self-criticism, you’re bound to face less criticism overall each day. It’s important to be reflective, but it’s unhealthy to take that introspection to the point of self-hatred.
5. You always have at least 10 things to be grateful for in life instantaneously.
Don’t believe me? Try it out! Be broad (ex. I am thankful to be alive) or be specific (ex. I am thankful for the way my dog Sparky looks at me when I get home from work) and you’ll hit 10 quite easily.
Want to make gratitude a part of your regular life? I recommend The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day.
6. You have many skills and talents that others wish they had mastered.
While you may not be a gifted painter or a pro basketball player, we all have skill sets and talents that we’ve mastered either by choice or by circumstance. Successfully running a household, cooking well, and being a great listener are three easy examples of things to be proud of that most of us give little or no credit to.
7. You’ve smiled and laughed a countless number of times.
Even if you consider yourself a serious person, we’ve all cracked a smile and broken out in laughter countless times in our lives. Each of those moments, whether they were triggered by an experience, a comedian, or a funny movie, deserve to be cherished, and there are plenty more to come.
8. Relationships are an extension of your happiness, not the basis of it.
Because of how stimulating relationships can be in a number of ways, many of us allow our happiness to be dictated by the quality of the ones we have in our life, especially when it comes to our significant others. When you remind yourself that happiness starts from within, you remember that relationships only offer opportunities to extend your happiness — they don’t determine it.
9. You are loved and admired.
Most can agree to this one easily, and as a result, it is a heartwarming reminder of how valued we are. But for those of you that genuinely feel unloved and un-admired, dig a little deeper. We all have people in our lives that are grateful for our existence in theirs, and we also all boast characteristics that others admire.
10. Every day you come to understand yourself better and better, and care less and less about whether or not anyone approves of that.
It’s one of the naturally occurring benefits of aging, and it’s something we should all be really happy about. The older you get, the less likely you are to get caught up in a lot of the things that previously pulled you away from being yourself.
If you’re looking to understand yourself even better and expedite your journey to this point, I highly recommend Get a PhD in YOU: A Course in Miraculous Self-Discovery.
11. You’ve learned something from every failure in your life.
They may have sucked to go through, but I can guarantee you’ve learned a hell of a lot from every experience that you perceived as a failure in life. To be beyond that experience and to have that understanding under your belt is a wonderful thing.
12. You have so many wonderful memories and are going to create even more of them.
Whether it be the birth of a child, a fun trip with your partner, graduating from school, or anything else of that nature, we all have wonderful memories in life. Take some time regularly to reflect on how wonderful those moments are and let them inspire you to fall in love with the reality that you are bound to create more of them moving forward.
13. You may not be able to control what happens to you, but you can always control your reaction to it.
The exact same experience could happen to three separate individuals, all with identical repercussions, yet affect each one differently. While one may find themselves enraged and another annoyed, the third might have no reaction at all. You are always in control of your reaction to every circumstance, so you choose how long to be upset or down about things.
To further explore this theory, I suggest listening to the audio from Tony Robbins on The Power to Shape Your Destiny: Seven Strategies for Massive Results.
14. A lot of the greatest things in our life came from our biggest challenges.
Along the same lines of number 11, you can persist through tough times by keeping in mind that great things often result from these experiences. Remembering this can be integral to loving all aspects of life once again.
15. You’re the biggest thing holding you back from pursuing your dreams.
It may seem like your commitments and obligations are your biggest hurdles to pursuing your dreams, but it’s actually your mindset that rises above them all. If we want to go after a goal, we all have optional things we can take time from to make that possible. Believe it or not, the countless hours you spend watching Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead can actually be put to better use.
Looking for some motivation and clarity to go after your dreams? I highly recommend Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!
16. You care about personal development.
This article undoubtedly falls under the category of personal development, so the fact that you found it interesting enough to not only click but also read this far shows some definite signs of commitment to improving yourself.
17. You have and are connected to so many people in this world.
Thanks in large part to the wonderful world of social media, we can all connect to hundreds, if not thousands, of people pretty well effortlessly. This is a truly special time to be alive, and the connectivity we have access to is an element to our daily life that is always available for us to love and appreciate.
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18. You have the courage to do so much that others are scared to do.
Doing pretty well everything in life requires a level of courage that many others shy away from. Whether your comfort zone is narrow or broad, it’s certainly bigger than it was when you were born, and every time that it got bigger was a clear sign of courage.
19. You actively look for positive reminders about life.
You made it to the bottom of this list! That clearly suggests that you not only know deep down that life is beautiful, but you are actively looking to remind yourself of this fact.
For more positive reminders and a take on personal development that strives to make it more interesting for both of us, I encourage you to check out my website, www.mark-denicola.com.
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