It has been proven when we exercise gratitude we are more likely to feel happy. With the stress of this upcoming finals week, we could all use a little joy in our lives. So here are some of the little things I find myself being thankful for.
My morning cup of coffee. Especially when I wake up and the apartment smells like coffee because my wonderful roommate has already started making some.
Walking to the corner of 13th to cross the street towards campus and I get there just in time for the light to change so I don’t have to stand waiting in the sub zero temperatures.
Walking into the library and right as you walk through the door warm air hits you. It smells like coffee and new books. In that moment I almost forget that I’m there to write another essay.
Classmates who come to the library so we can work together. They brighten my day by telling a funny story. Or let me rant to them about how much studying I still have left to do.
This Christmas music playing in the Union that I can hum along to when I walk through. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to here” – Elf all time favorite Christmas movie
The dogs I see on campus. Look at how happy they are, running around, just being a dog. If you’re really lucky you’ll even get to pet them!
And at the end of the day, my bed.
So when you start to feel overwhelmed remember, there are so many things to be thankful for, including the opportunity we have to get an education. Don’t let a grade define you. It’s what you do with the knowledge that counts.