I always hear people say, "Love the little things in life" and I, too, have become one of those people who has adopted this as my mantra. I try to live in the moment and appreciate what is happening. After all, we have to learn not to take things for granted because we do not know how long we will have them for.

Whether it is a simple compliment, a random act of kindness, a long hug, or a corny joke that made you and your friends laugh until you couldn't breathe, those are the moments we should live for. I want to look back on these little things when I'm older and realize that is what made my life so great, not buying that nice shirt at the mall that I probably did not need.

"Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most space in your heart" — Winnie the Pooh.

Some of the little moments in life that I'm grateful for are getting a random text from a friend that says they miss you, watching your pet do something funny, finding a penny heads up on the ground, listening to your favorite song with someone in the car, finding there is still a cookie left when you thought you ate them all. These are all things you would think would perhaps be insignificant, but these truly are what makes up our happiness.

We are going to wake up one day and realize that those littles were really the big things in our life because those little things make big things happen. Let those little moments encourage you and inspire you to live your life to the fullest, to be thankful for what you have, and to know that every day above ground is a blessing.