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Thankfulness: It’s all in the Little Things

We are at the part of the semester where everyone is struggling, as it is getting colder and classes are piling on work, and it is hard for most to think positive. As we get closer to Thanksgiving, I have been thinking more about what I am grateful for and seeing more of the good in the little things. Looking into the little things in life that are great and bring you joy is a great way to romanticize your life and gain a more positive outlook. I’ve compiled a list of the little things that I am thankful for in life that most may see as mundane or not even realize.

here are some of my little things:

I am thankful for my coffee machine, that I can get up whenever I want and prepare my favorite drink for cheap. I am thankful for the leaves turning colors and giving me a pretty view on the way to class. I am thankful for the fact that I am in college at all, as many women around the world do not have access to education. I am thankful for chicken noodle soup and how tasty it is. I am thankful for my family and friends and how loved they make me feel. I am thankful for my boyfriend and how supportive he is. I am thankful for fuzzy socks and cozy blankets. I am thankful for Netflix, Youtube, and crappy horror movies. I am thankful for cute stickers and coffee mugs. I am thankful for Squishmallows and how cuddly they are. I am thankful for my pets and how much joy they have brought me. I am thankful for noodles and the beach. I am thankful for Her Campus and the ability to write freely. I am thankful for oversized sweaters, leggings, and sweatpants. I am thankful for warm showers and a cozy bed. I am thankful that my family and I beat covid with no lasting complications. I am thankful for flowers. 

It is understandable that sometimes it is hard to see the good in life, especially as the weather gets colder and the pandemic goes into its second year. Despite this, these little things in life are what keep us going day by day. These little serotonin boosts are what keep most people going from day to day, and focusing on these little things can help you gain a more positive outlook throughout the day and make you feel better.

One way to notice the little things throughout the day is to write down three things that you are thankful for in a day either when you wake up or are about to go to bed. Choosing to end or start your day with the mindset of thankfulness can change your whole mood for the day. Another way is to give compliments to people. Expressing positive thoughts to others can not only improve your own day, but it can improve the day of the person you talk to. You never know what others are going through, and your words could change their whole day or week. This option may sound silly, but practicing smiling and affirmations in the mirror. Telling yourself every morning that things will go great and that you are amazing will help with your self-image and help you see yourself in a more positive light. Smiling for long periods of time is also proven to lighten your mood and help you relax. 

Focusing on the little things can boost your overall happiness and help you see the good in life. It also helps you to romanticize your life and help build confidence. As we get closer to Thanksgiving, I dare you to start focusing on the mundane in a positive light and see how your mood shifts.

Breanna Gayle is a sophomore Special Education major here at Winthrop as well as a member of Chi Omega!!! She can usually be seen hanging around campus with friends or getting an iced coffee. She is very excited and honored to be a part of the Her Campus crew!!
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