102 Small Reasons To Be Happy, For When The World Seems A Bit Too Big

102 Small Reasons To Be Happy, For When The World Seems A Bit Too Big

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If you wanted to, you could find a million things to be upset about with the world and be disappointed with life about, or you could try to think of a million things to be thankful for and a million and one reasons to love life.

Sometimes it is important to be angry with cause, but other times we need a reminder of what exactly we have to be thankful for, reminders of why the world is good.

Here are 102 of my reasons for you to be happy.

1. Buying a hula hoop and shaking it!

2. Watching your parents try to facetime

3. Making a checklist that you can cross everything off of

4. Peeling an orange in one peel

5. Rolling down a hill

6. Facing fears, big or small, spiders or skydiving

7. Dancing in public

8. Forgiving

9. Wearing your favorite outfit

10. Saturday mornings

11. The pink beating heart emoji

12. Podcasts

13. Potpourri

14. Smiley faces on steamy windows

15. Clouds from an airplane window

16. Rearranging furniture in your room

17. Mismatched socks

18. Mountaintops covered by clouds

19. Movie marathons

20. Dad Jokes

21. Pink Lemonade

22. Unexpected phone calls

23. The smell of fresh cut grass

24. Taking out a high ponytail

25. Rushing the field after a win

26. Sprinkles

27. And sprinklers

28. Comfortable silence

29. Rainy days

30. Sunny days

31. Watermelon-seed-spitting contests

32. Cooking something new

33. Long drives

34. Sunny bright rooms

35. Cookie dough

36. Babies sneezing

37. Babies laughing

38. Marrying the person you love

39. Jesus

40. The countryside

41. Falling asleep to the sound of a storm

42. Reading books without them being assigned

43. When your parents are proud of you

44. Finding something you believe in

45. Walking barefoot in the grass

46. Water fights while washing the car

47. Mango smoothies with good whipped cream

48. People telling you they miss you

49. The sound of Ed Sheeran’s voice

50. Late night showers

51. Front porch conversations

52. Your favorite summer night (I know one just popped in your head)

53. Kids excited about something in the toy aisle

54. Clean sheets on freshly shaven legs

55. Big breakfasts

56. Fresh daisies

57. Reading old messages

58. Your memory box tucked under the bed

59. All green lights going through downtown

60. Your grandma’s cookies

61. Museums

62. Listening to other versions of the same story

63. Natural light leaks on your pictures

64. Ice cold water in a mason jar

65. Disney World

66. Military Homecomings

67. Free stuff

68. Bubble wrap

69. Adult coloring books

70. Coffee

71. Pay it forward Chains

72. Target dollar section

73. All of Target???

74. The Ellen Show

75. HGTV (chip and jo most importantly)

76. The fact that you can YouTube how to do just about anything

77. Murals hidden in corners of big cities and small towns

78. Taking a good selfie

79. Cozy sweaters

80. Yellow rain boots

81. Holding someone's hand for the first time

82. Making lists

83. Making new friends

84. Re-watching your favorite episode of your favorite show

85. The fact that the Packers mascot is literally a hunk of cheese

86. Good handwriting

87. Buying flowers

88. Running errands

89. Forehead kisses

90. The beats of live music moving through your chest

91. Chronological feeds

92. The lines on your skin after a good sleep

93. Sand crabs digging tiny holes after the tide goes

94. Showers after spending all day at the beach

95. Good hair days

96. Sunsets

97. Belly laughs

98. Potatoes in literally any way, shape, or form

99. Jean jackets

100. Birkenstocks

101. Your hair stylist washing your hair

102. Making other people happy

Cover Image Credit: Erika Glover

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.
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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

From an outside perspective, suicidal thoughts are rarely looked into deeper than the surface level. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is that people live in between those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead.

You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255


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The Path To Self Love

It's a beautiful and hard journey but the reward is so worth it

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Like many of us, I tend to rely on other people and their opinions way more than my own. Stopping that? It's easier said than done but it's possible. You'll never fully be able to stop caring about what other people think but you can care a little less. How?

Building up your self-worth and confidence. That task is probably one of the hardest ones that I've ever had to tackle and am still figuring out.

Loving yourself can mean so many different things but at the end of the day it really means just being able to be your own happiness. So many people rely on others for happiness instead of themselves. That's just not it. We do this to ourselves but what happens when that person or group of people leave us? Then our happiness that was revolved around being with them is all gone. I've learned this life lesson the hard way and while it hurt like hell, I needed that. I had to learn that if I can't be happy by myself then I'll never fully be happy.

Sydney Mergler

Now, I know body positivity is becoming a thing right now but that doesn't change the fact that people still don't always feel one-hundred percent confident in their body. I personally have been struggling with my body image for years and finally have started to work on it for me. Not because I hate my body now, but because I want to get fit for me. It's been a struggle figuring this out and it's taken me years but I finally know what my end goal is and am working towards that. I know it's going to take me a while to reach it but at least I'm working towards a goal now and loving it at the same time. In fact, I feel so much more confident because of it.

Toxic friendships? Just break them. Do yourself a favor and don't dread on it, just drop them. You don't need the extra headache or drama. Life is hard enough as it is but having friends who are negative, disrespectful or just only look out for themselves makes it ten times harder. I'm not sorry for the friends I've dropped because if they really had wanted to keep the friendship, they would've treated me better.

Sydney Mergler

Over-apologizing? Just no. Let's not do that. For what? If you don't mean it, don't say it. There is no reason to apologize for something you either don't think needs to be apologized or you don't feel bad for. In the past, I used to apologize for every little thing and it drove me crazy.

On my path to self love, I've learned so much about myself already and I can't wait to learn more. I've learned I missed music, missed writing, enjoy yoga and other forms of exercise and so many other things. I've stopped holding on to things and people that aren't good for me and have started to let go of the past. Loving yourself can be a real challenge but at the end of the day it's the best thing you can do for yourself. You can't ever expect anyone to love you either in a romantic way or friend way without loving yourself. If you can't see the beauty in yourself how can you expect others to?

Sydney Mergler

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