23 Things To Be Thankful For On Valentine’s Day (That Don’t Involve A Significant Other)

jeffbergen
jeffbergen

1. 

Be thankful that you have a warm bed to sleep in every single night.

2. 

Be thankful for the fact that, despite your frustrations with how expensive food can sometimes be, you’re never worried about where you’re going to get your next meal.

3. 

Be thankful for the number of strangers in your life that have done kind things for you at no benefit to themselves.

4. 

Be thankful for the number of loved ones in your life who have done the same.

5. 

Be thankful that you live in a time and a place where your marriage (if you choose to get married) will be based on love, compassion, and attraction, rather than a marriage arranged by your family or a marriage that you agreed to because you had no other choice.

6.

Be thankful for the things or people that make you laugh when you’re least expecting it.

7. 

Be thankful for warm summer days, or at least the knowledge that they’re coming when you’re in the middle of a tough winter.

8. 

Be thankful that you have choices, in so many different areas of your life.

9. 

Be thankful that you have a group of friends, or even just one friend, who make you feel like you can be your most genuine self around them.

10. 

Be thankful for coffee, or podcasts on your commute, or any other morning routine you have that makes getting up a little easier and a little more pleasant.

11. 

Be thankful for the knowledge that, regardless of whether or not you have a significant other, you always have someone you can call when you’re having a difficult time.

12. 

Be thankful for the truth behind this quote from Mr. Rogers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”

13. 

Be thankful for the music or the literary passages or the paintings, created by others, that are powerful enough to give you goosebumps.

14. 

Be thankful for the fact that not letting the water run while you brush your teeth is something you have to consciously work on, because we have so much of it and such easy access to it.

15. 

Be thankful for access to non-censored digital information, a privilege that’s denied to people in several countries throughout the world.

16.

Be thankful that happiness, self-discovery, and fulfillment are needs that you can focus on, because your immediate ones (food, shelter, clothing, health) are already taken care of.

17. 

Be thankful that you have a pretty solid understand of what’s right and what’s wrong.

18. 

Be thankful for the infinite number of things you can use to cheer yourself up when you are feeling sick, feeling upset about something, or just not feeling yourself: Netflix, books, FaceTime, exercising, comfort food, funny text messages from your friends, the list is endless.

19. 

Be thankful that you always have a coat to wear when it’s cold outside.

20.

Be thankful when you wake up each morning and remember that, regardless of what happened yesterday, today is a new day

21.

Be thankful for all the times you were uncomfortable in a new place and someone reached out to you with warmth.

22. 

Be thankful (if) you have the freedom to explore your spirituality or religion, regardless of what you believe in.

23. 

Be thankful for the possibility of hope, goodness, and love, even in the darkest of circumstances. TC mark

Kim Quindlen

I'm a staff writer for Thought Catalog. I like comedy and improv. I live in Chicago. My Uber rating is just okay.

Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

Read Here

More From Thought Catalog

  • http://malika.marion Marion Malika

    I am so thankful. Months ago i lived in a place where water was scarce. I would wake up in the morning knowing that there was no pint of water in my house. I since moved and i am so grateful that i have plenty of water now. I can’t take it for granted. Someone somewhere is helpless and in need of a glass of water to quench their thirst.

  • http://www.justbreathejasmine.wordpress.com/ Just Breathe Jasmine

    Loved this. Good Read.
    #23 and 22 <3

  • http://mymoneycountsdotorg.wordpress.com Pamela

    Great post. Thank you for bringing another perspective to Valentine’s day.

  • http://elaaktay.com/2016/02/12/friday-thoughts-16/ Friday Thoughts | Ela Aktay

    […] A great reminder of what to be thankful for and of what we have in our lives. Not a bad way to think about Valentine’s Day. […]

blog comments powered by Disqus