50 Little Things To Be Happy About

50 Little Things To Be Happy About

“Every day may not be good but there's something good in every day” Alice Morse Earle
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I find myself getting wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and I forget to appreciate the little things. With graduation coming up, midterms coming to an end, and life continuing to happen faster than I'd like it to, I feel overwhelmed. I think positivity can do wonders but it's also important to remember that real life happens and real life isn't always positive. With that in mind, you can still be thankful for the little things during the hard times.

“Every day may not be good but there's something good in every day” Alice Morse Earle

1. Your first cup of coffee in the morning

2. Pullman sunsets

3. Someone in the world married their best friend today

4. Dogs

5. Friends who are willing to pull over in the middle of nowhere because you want to star gaze

6. Funny Vines

7. Fresh sheets

8. Romance Novels

9. Songs that fit perfectly with what you're going through

10. Iced lemon water

11. Bubble baths

12. Flowers

13. Cozy sweaters when it's snowing

14. When the sun finally comes out after a cloudy week

15. Hearing from someone you miss

16. Netflix shows

17. Sitting around a fire with friends

18. Breakfast food

19. People you can be yourself with

20. Making lists

21. Orange juice

22. Long drives

23. Lazy Sundays

24. Taking naps

25. Cuddling

26. The cold side of the pillow

27. Fuzzy socks

28. New sunglasses

29. Burt's Bees chapstick

30. Being independent

31. Family

32. Halo Top ice cream

33. Heated blankets

34. Singing in the shower

35. Inside jokes

36. New Girl

37. Laughing so hard no sound comes out and your stomach hurts

38. Diet Coke

39. The way it smells after it rains

40. Brushing your teeth

41. That really good sleep after a hard cry

42. Taking a personal day

43. Clean laundry

44. Oversized t-shirts

45. Friends who send you new music

46. When someone holds the door open for you

47. Fancy perfume

48. Star Wars

49. People who are good huggers

50. Even if today is a bad day, tomorrow can be better

Cover Image Credit: Hana Wyatt

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won’t see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won’t laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They’ll miss you. They’ll cry.

You won’t fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You’ll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don’t let today be the end.

You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I’m sure you’re no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won’t do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you’ll be fine.” Because when they aren’t, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Men, If The Gillette Commercial Angers You, You Need To Re-Evaluate Your Morals

If you are offended by this commercial, YOU are who the commercial is aimed at.

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On Tuesday, January 15, Gillette, a men's shaving care company, released an extremely controversial commercial. This commercial that has taken over social media by storm shows many different examples of toxic masculinity and how men should encourage other men to be the best they can be, playing off of the company's tagline.

Many people are angry with this commercial, mostly because they believe it to be "anti-male." It first shows different examples of toxic masculinity, such as a dad saying, "Boys will be boys" as his son beats up another kid. It then goes on to other examples, like sexual harassment against women, social media bullying and mansplaining. In the last part of the commercial, it shows different ways men can counteract these same situations in different, positive ways.

I have seen so many tweets of men throwing away Gillette products, cussing out the company and saying they have no right to "come after men" like that. But guess what?

This commercial isn't anti-male. It is all for being a positive influence and a respectful HUMAN.

"Boys will be boys" is not a valid excuse for your son to beat up another kid at school. Mansplaining everything a woman says does degrade her. Standing on the sidelines watching a man make comments to a woman who clearly isn't interested is awful. Just like girls automatically hating other girls is not okay just because it is seen as a societal norm. This isn't about being against men and it never will be.

No, I'm not a feminist because I do not align with the man-hating definition that that word is given in today's society. But I have more respect for the men in my life who don't subscribe to the idea that being a man means that you have to be an immoral, toxic person. This commercial isn't about being politically correct. It's about being a good person and just happens to mention the negative traits that men sometimes exhibit. Just like women do.

The best men in my life are the ones who put their masculinity aside and don't let it infiltrate everything they do. They stand up for other men who are being put down due to who they are. They stand up for women who are being harassed by other men. They teach younger boys how to be respectful, honest, good men so that when they grow up, they can teach their sons the same lessons.

The men who are triggered by this commercial need to look themselves in the mirror and ask why it bothers them so much. Is it because YOU make excuses for the way you act because you're "a man" and it is just "what you do?" Maybe it is because you know it is true, that you can see the toxic masculinity in yourself but don't want to admit it.

Whatever the reason, just understand that the commercial couldn't be further from putting down men. Gillette, and the rest of society, want men to be the best they can be, period.

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