“Thank you”: two words that can better your life

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Jessica Powlen, staff writer

As humans, we all tend to be swallowed up by the world around us, worrying about deadlines, stressing about everything wrong in our lives, and not taking a look at the good things.  This is the time of the year where we see many people start to become more cheerful and thankful as the holidays come about.  Maybe because it’s the one time a year we get to see our family, or maybe just because it’s the one time we get presents.  Either way, it’s always great when this time comes around to see people be grateful.  But, what about after the holidays are over?

In these unprecedented times, it may seem more difficult to find a time to say thank you.  Not necessarily saying the words to a certain individual, but simply being thankful for all the things we have.  It is very easy to get caught up in the negatives in the world, and focus solely on those things.  Yes, many negative aspects are important issues that need to be solved.  However, not many people find the time to step back and see the beauty and positive characteristics in their lives. 

Do we, as humans, desire too much for things we cannot receive?  Desiring things by no means is a bad thing.  Simply desiring is the very reason the world has succeeded to the way it is today.  Had it not been for humans’ desire, the world wouldn’t have advanced to the way it is today.  However, I feel rather than getting to the point of such desire with bashing on others and acting as though we’re ungrateful, we should take a look at what I think on some level is everyone’s goal in this world: to make it a better place.  

We should make it become more of a habit of saying thank you.  We need to say thank you in times of happiness and in times of hurt.  Saying thank you shows your appreciation for big and small things and it is an important quality to a happy life.  Try even being thankful for those annoying people in the classroom who turn in their tests seconds after the teacher hands them out, for those drivers who cut you off, and for the rude customers at work.  The simplest way to help with creating a more joyful life is to be appreciative.  So, I lastly want to say thank you for taking the time to read my article, as it was greatly appreciated.