how being grateful can vindicate a difficult day

the last few days have been eventful (and, at times, a little difficult), to say the least. the other night I was so stressed out, so I lit some candles, put on my favourite playlist, and decided to take a bath. while trying to relax, all I could think about was all of the stressful things that felt ambiguous and challenging. I was finally fed up with my own negativity, so I decided to make a list of the things I was grateful for in the moment.

it’s pretty incredible how practicing thankfulness during stressful times can really flip your perspective. it’s safe to say that making the list definitely helped, and that life is feeling more stable again now. I thought I would share that list here today.

I’m thankful for strong coffee, salty bagels, and sugary pears.

I’m thankful for cheesy pizza, and cheesy encouraging notes from friends on bad days.

I’m thankful for my coworkers, the most caring and thoughtful people in the world. 

I’m thankful for FaceTime dates with my nephew. I’m thankful every time he says “whatcha doin’ auntie?” and every time he giggles.

I’m thankful for my plants, and for having a space to call my own.

I’m thankful for midnight phone calls from my sister and uplifting texts from my mom.

I’m thankful for mountains, for trendy new music, for comforting old music, and for my one true love (netflix).

and, most of all, I’m thankful that on even the most difficult of days, I’m never alone.

have you ever tried thankfulness as a means to beat the stress? what are you grateful for today?