In life, people often look at our circumstances from a “glass half-empty” perspective, seeing everything that isn’t there rather than what IS there. We judge ourselves and become our own worst enemies, expecting perfection and nothing less. We compare our lives to others and decide that ours is somehow less appealing or gratifying. However, you are probably doing much better than you think, and here’s why.
21 Signs You’re Doing Better Than You Think
You have a place to lay your head at night. If you have a roof over your head, you are doing better than much of the world already. Unfortunately, many people don’t have a home to call their own, or a home to go to at all. Consider yourself blessed if you have a shelter of some sort and a place to rest your head every night.
You have a job. While most people have jobs, there are still many people in the world who can’t find a way to bring in money. If you have a job, even if it doesn’t pay what you want at the moment, at least you have some money to support yourself and your family.
You have water to drink and food to eat. If you have access to drinkable water and a grocery store, you are very well off. Water and food sustain our lives, so make sure to practice gratitude the next time to sit down for a meal or drink a cold glass of water.
You are healthy. Even if you have a cold or flu, you probably still recover fairly quickly. If you don’t have a life-threatening illness and have a reasonably strong immune system, you’re doing pretty good.
You have the freedom to do what you want in life. If you wanted to leave the country today, you could. You would just need a passport and a plane ticket, but that’s it. You have the choice to do what you want with your life, and some countries in the world don’t give their citizens this privilege. You can literally follow whatever path your heart desires.
You can see. If you’re reading this article, you’re pretty blessed. You can wake up each morning to a beautiful sunrise and watch the animals outside your window wake up with you.
You’re alive. This one’s pretty self-explanatory, but if you’re a breathing being on this planet, you get to experience this life in all its glory, and that’s definitely something to rejoice.
You have a family. Whether things go wrong or right in your life, family will always be there for you.
You have at least one good friend. If you have even one person to talk to and share good times with, you’re lucky. Good friends can get you through hard times and make the good times even better.
You have some form of transportation. Even if you don’t have a car, you probably know someone who can bring you where you need to go, or you have access to a bus or taxi. Most people take this for granted, but not everybody has reliable transportation in the world. If you do, remind yourself how lucky you are next time you drive somewhere or get on the bus.
You know how to read and write. Reading often takes us to new lands and expands our imaginations; reading is a fun way to get away without even leaving your room. Also, writing helps many people get their goals organized or let out bottled up emotions, which can greatly help your well-being.
You have clothes to wear. I know I have too many clothes to choose from, and I often take that for granted. If you have at least some jeans, a few shirts, and some pajamas, you’re doing pretty good.
You know what you’re passionate about. A lot of people struggle to find their life purpose or ultimate dreams. If you know what yours is already, you are among only a handful of people who do.
You have enough money to support your basic needs. If you have enough money to afford food, water, clothing, and a home, you have all the wealth you could ever need.
You feel relatively safe and protected. If you live in a country that protects your right to safety, you’re doing better than you think.
You have a pet or know someone who does. Pets can be therapeutic and great companions for humans. If you have a pet to come home to or have a friend or family member with a pet, you are blessed to have the company of a furry friend in your life!
You have a phone. Today, phones play a huge part in people’s lives. If you have one, you can likely surf the web, stay connected with friends, check emails, and the list goes on. While phones can be distracting and there’s a lot of negativity surrounding them, they also allow you to get help in case of an emergency, and give you directions when you’re driving. I’d say they are a pretty relevant invention.
You can listen to music. Music heals the mind, body and soul and gives us a way to bond with one another. It can also help us through tough times in life – music is everywhere if you just listen J
You have traveled places. A lot of people actually never leave their country or even their city, so if you have traveled, you have seen more of the world than most people.
You can move your body. If you can get up, walk around, and exercise, you’re doing pretty well in life.
You have a park or nature trail nearby. Most people have access to a park or nature trail near their home. Nature is healing in many ways and can give you a “reset” if you’re feeling stressed. Make sure to thank the Earth next time you feel the sun on your face or wander into the forest for a while!
Now that you’ve read this list, you’ll surely remember that even if you’re feeling the lack, you’ll see the mass of abundance all around you every day.
What other signs do you see that help remind you that you’re doing better than you think? Share in the discussion below!