This morning, as I woke up with eyes half closed and chai still on the stove, I reached for my phone to casually scan through the excessive amount of emails in my phone and then check HuffPost, CNN, etc. I came across an interesting article in Huffington Post’s Healthy Living section entitled, “8 Little Things We Forget To Be Grateful For.” Check it out! Anyways, it got me thinking about #PositivityFilter and how I could integrate moments of gratitude into the blog. So…I decided I would do a weekly post that just serves to reflect on five things I’m grateful for- big, small, or whatever the hell just puts a smile on my face. It is so simple to be consumed with the hustle and bustle of daily life to forget how damn awesome we may have it while we chase after the “bigger and better”. My goal with these weekly posts is to slow down and remind myself of the things that I have as well as possibly hearing about yours. 🙂
Here it goes…in not any particular order:
1) Minnesota’s lakes
When my sister and I were younger, we would escape to our neighborhood pond and sit there for hours just watching the ripples as we threw pebbles and feeding ducks. It was our way of dealing with the occasional annoyances with parents during childhood. After being in Minnesota for over two years, I realized that those pond visits were not out of the ordinary. I crave to be around water- whether it may be after a long, strenuous day or when my mind is flooded with thoughts that I need to mull over. Those that know me will tell you I am a very high-energy person which in most circumstances can be a good thing. However, these lakes restore me with balance, put me to ease, and provide me with a scenic view during a quiet run when I need it. (It would be even better if they were not frozen half of the year!) 😉
I wonder if there has been a study conducted on the possible correlation between the fragrance of coffee and endorphin stimulation. There has to be something of that sort. Coffee- the multitude of of lattes, drinking it, the smell and ambiance of a coffee shop…any sort of explanation does not do this genius creation justice. Hats off to you Lino Meiorin!
Entertaining. Heart-warming. So many options. The best boyfriend. Doesn’t tug at the covers and lets you have your way. Doesn’t judge you for the fact that this is your third Chinese-take out dinner in a row this week. You can spend a long period of time with it marathoning the shit out of Scandal and it won’t be sad if you leave it for a couple days to go out and function like a normal human being.
4) Phone calls
As my entire family is scattered throughout the country and best friends too, I can’t help but wonder how life would go on day by day without them. I am fortunate to say I am pretty good at maintaining my relationships very well despite the distance and have people that do the same. It’s a good feeling to talk with an old friend and catch up…make fun of their hideous laugh, etc. Much more intimate than staring at a screen with that irritating bubble to indicate that yes, in fact, they are typing!
5) People with a sense of humor
Humor is survival. Now, I am easily amused but nonetheless, I appreciate people who can see things and situations in a comical light. They are the true winners in life as they are spreading happiness one chuckle at a time. And hey, funny individuals are quite intellectual as well with their on-the-spot wit and smooth remarks. Definitely not an easy trait to attain 🙂
Hope you enjoyed this post of #PostivityFilter and you keep reading.
So, what are you grateful for?