7 Things We Take For Granted (Way Too Often)

Krasi Shapkarova

Krasi is Carey the Torch's Editor-in-Chief and also represents the Career Development Office in Washington, D.C., working with students on career exploration and development. Krasi holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.

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We take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

Cynthia Ozick

Last week, millions in the United States traveled to visit family and friends as they celebrated Thanksgiving. I received notes and messages from colleagues, friends and students expressing gratitude and highlighting what they are thankful for. Many mentioned that we should be grateful all year round, not only on the fourth Thursday of November. And I agree. Research has shown that giving thanks makes people happier and there are several suggestions for actions to engage in regularly to cultivate gratitude, including writing thank you notes, keeping a gratitude journal, and meditating. Most importantly, however, we need to acknowledge that what we need to be most thankful for are what we often take for granted:

  1. A roof over our heads
  2. A supportive family
  3. Basic sense of security
  4. Health Care
  5. Education
  6. A good job
  7. Access to quality clothes (and shoes!)

If you have these, wake up every morning and say thank you. Need an inspiration on how to do that? Check out 365Grateful.

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