52 Reasons To Be Happy

52 Reasons To Be Happy

There are so many reasons in this world to be happy.
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In life, we face so many hardships that sometimes we forgot that there are so many reasons to be happy. No matter how tough things get or if you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed, you just have to remember all the things that you make you happy, and I guarantee that you will smile.

1. Sunsets

2. Iced coffee

3. "Parks and Recreation"

4. The feeling of freshly washed sheets

5. Glitter

6. Pasta

7. When someone plays with your hair

8. The sun shining

9. Sunflowers

10. Happy endings

11. Romantic comedies

12. Best friends

13. Laughing until your stomach hurts

14. Ice cream

15. Dogs

16. Driving with your windows down and belting to your favorite song

17. Fuzzy socks

18. Dancing

19. The moment you know that a certain memory is going to last a lifetime

20. "The Bachelorette"

21. Sunrises

22. The beach

23. Fresh cut fruit

24. Being lost for words

25. Genuine compliments

26. The cold side of the pillow

27. Knowing you're someone's person

28. Getting an A on that really hard quiz

29. Crossing something off your to-do list

30. Freshly baked cookies out of the oven

31. Getting butterflies

32. Finding the perfect outfit

33. Receiving a letter in the mail

34. Looking through old pictures

35. You are loved a whole lot

36. The feeling you get when you see your food coming at a restaurant

37. Just lying in bed in the morning

38. Blue Powerade

39. Knowing that God put you on this planet to do something special

40. Your family

41. Coloring books

42. Cuddling

43. Making someone else laugh

44. Tacos

45. Waking up and remembering your good dream

46. Finishing another school year

47. A full tank of gas

48.The first warm day after winter

49. Concerts

50. Bonfires

51. Late night talks with pals

52. Knowing that hard times are temporary

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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