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

Turn that frown upside down.
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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.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black-and-white terms. 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 there are some stuck in the gray area of 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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10 Ways To Keep Your Workout Motivation According To A Personal Trainer

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Keeping your motivation for working out is one of the number one reasons why I think people fail to achieve their fitness goals.

Now I am no "fitness guru" by any means, and I have lost my motivation many times and worked back up.

No one is perfect when it comes to working out, and everyone can have different methods that are successful but from what I have seen, and talking to a few personal trainers, these are some of the best ways to keep your motivation and not lose track of your goals.

If you stick to these 10 ways, you will definitely have a better mindset when it comes to working out, and that will help you push yourself hard because you know that you are capable of much more than you think!

That is the last piece of advice I will leave you with, you are so much more capable of than you think. I recall so many times in the gym, I've thought I was gonna just collapse or crumble cause I was so tired, but time and time again I persevere and finish a set, and see that I can really push myself to the limits, and this is when I've seen the best results.

1. Talk about your goals.

You have to speak your goals into existence. Also speaking about them to others can help hold you accountable and you are working so hard for them, don't give up and let what you accomplished so far go to waste!

2. Get a consistent workout buddy.

This is something that I have found helps me out a lot, my roommate Jordan and I are always checking in on each other to make sure that we've worked out!

3. Want better for yourself, not to impress someone else.

This is also very important, if you have fitness goals solely to impress someone else, you will never be satisfied, or never feel like enough.

4. Want it more than you say.

You really have to want your fitness goals more than you are saying. If you have this goal that is driving you constantly in the back of your mind, your motivation will keep coming from within.

5. Have a scheduled workout plan.

If you have a workout plan that a professional or yourself has constructed, it gives you something to follow and not break. Having a plan for yourself will help keep yourself on track.

6. Take pictures every week!

Seems cheesy, but taking photos of yourself every week can hold you accountable but more importantly, you are able to see results, big or small, if you aren't seeing them in person, you'll be able to tell through the photos.

7. Know what your plan is before you go to the gym.

You should know what your plan is before you go to the gym, try not to just wing it. If you are winging it, who knows if you are really pushing yourself and constantly challenging yourself every gym session.

8. Try your best to maintain a healthy diet during the week.

This can be difficult of course, meal prepping is someting that can always helps! BUT if you don't have time to meal prep, then just go to the grocery store and buy a bunch of healthy snacks to eat throughout the day to keep your motabalism working. Get foods to fuel your body so all your hard workouts don't go to waste!

9. Stick to a plan, it'll be hard at first, but it only gets easier.

Once you get into the swing of things, get into a routine, you'll get used to it. And then you will truly enjoy it, feel great, and have more energy!

10. Surround yourself with others that also have the same goals as you.

As cliche as it is, you do pick up the traits of the people you surround yourself with. If you surround yourself with overachievers, hard workers, who have the same fitness goals as you, you'll all work hard together and encourage each other along the way!

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