19 Signs You’re Doing Better than You Think

19 Signs You’re Doing Better than You Think

Even in uncertain times, it’s always important to keep things in perspective.

True wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
– Henry David Thoreau

  1. You are alive.
  2. You are able to see the sunrise and the sunset.
  3. You are able to hear birds sing and waves crash.
  4. You can walk outside and feel the breeze through your hair and the sun’s warmth on your skin.
  5. You have tasted the sweetness of chocolate cake.
  6. You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night.
  7. You awoke this morning with a roof over your head.
  8. You had a choice of what clothes to wear.
  9. You haven’t feared for your life today.
  10. You have overcome some considerable obstacles, and you have learned and survived.
  11. You often worry about what you’re going to do with your life – your career, your family, the next step, etc. – which means you have ambition, passion, drive, and the freedom to make your own decisions.
  12. You live in a country that protects your basic human rights and civil liberties.
  13. You are reasonably strong and healthy – if you got sick today, you could recover.
  14. You have a friend or relative who misses you and looks forward to your next visit.
  15. You have someone with whom to reminisce about ‘the good old days.’
  16. You have access to clean drinking water.
  17. You have access to medical care.
  18. You have access to the Internet.
  19. You can read.

The truth is, you’re doing better than a lot of people in this world.  So remember to be grateful for all the things you do have.  (Read The Happiness Project.)

Photo by: Vinoth Chandar


  1. says

    Interestingly, we don’t realize that we are in the top 10% of the wealth in the world if we had enough to eat today, if we have a roof over our heads, and if we have enough clothes to wear. Sobering to think that even at what is considered the poverty level in this country, it is still in the top levels of the wealth in the world.

  2. Cheyne says

    I live in London. It’s Winter. I have a day job. No birds singing, no waves crashing, no warmth on my skin. It’s still dark when I leave for work in the morning, and it’s dark when I leave to go home.

    None of that matters though, I don’t get put out by this type o’ stuff. Happiness is what you make it!

  3. says

    These points are spot on. Most of the people live happy, luxurious and a life full of necessities. They dont have to crave for basic necessities like food, water, home and yet they complain.

  4. Stella says

    I thank God for His little mercies…please forgive me for not saying thank you enough.
    Thanks a lot Marc and Angel for reminding us!

  5. says

    This is a POWERFUL post. #1 (You are alive) is the MOST important. We should be so grateful, thankful, and feel truly blessed to be alive. Everything else follows through based on #1. Thanks for the great post! :-)


  1. Yes , so true . We just need to remember to be grateful ! I’m not feeling well ,but when I thought of all the things I have to be grateful for , it far out weighs the itch in my throat.

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