The Thanksgiving Habit (12/18/2013)

Cultivating the Habit of Giving Thanks (Photo from

I wasn’t really feeling well today, hence, the earlier depressing blog post about how my life sucks. Well, I decided to turn my luck around with a trick I picked up from The Secret. It says in the documentary/movie version of the book that you should always be thankful for the blessings in your life. And during my moment of depression, my vision was so narrowed and there was not a thing I felt thankful for! All I can think of was how badly my life sucked, and decided to count my misfortunes instead of my blessings.

So today, let’s counter all the bad juju by starting a habit of thanksgiving. Here are at least three things I am thankful for today:

1. The basics: a roof over my head, food on the table, clothes on my back, and a loving, supportive family that has never left me behind. As long as I have these, I’ll stay alive.

2. A good book. How can I turn a sad day around without a new book on hand? Currently reading ‘Eleanor and Park’, a sweet young adult bestselling fiction by New York Times Bestselling Author Rainbow Rowell. Even the author’s name is bright and sunny. The book itself is a treat. What actually got me to buy this book is the text on the back of the book which says “…This is the story of two star-crossed sixteen year-olds- smart enough to know that some loves almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.”

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

3. My wonderful boyfriend supporting me all throughout. Our setup, albeit a little difficult, involves being miles and islands apart from each other. Despite this, he’s been really helpful and patient during my bad days. And we spent his birthday last week together with his close friends, and the whole week in Cebu. To top it off, we’re going to spend the Christmas together ♥ We don’t get to spend a lot of time together, so the rare opportunities we have to be with each other are priceless.

Hello, love ♥ Hello to you furry babies, as well!

Whew. That helps. :) I should try this more often. I’m sure there are more things I’m thankful for I can come up with. #GoodVibes

Don’t let stupid things break your happiness

Regardless if you’re having a bad day or not, this neat trick will prove to be helpful in bringing good vibes along your way. How about you, what are you thankful for today? -HANA

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