Gratitude = Happiness

I don’t know if you heard but Vancouver and the Victoria area experienced an earthquake 2 days ago. I was almost asleep when the shaking began. My closet doors shook heavily against the frames, scaring the crap out of me. My first thought was, “Oh my gosh! This is the “Big One”!”. You know the impending earthquake, predicted to occur along the Western American Coast, around 9.0 magnitude?! Luckily, it wasn’t. So lucky.

My facebook notifications were going crazy. Everyone had the same questions. Should I go outside? Should I bring my laptop? Should I haul my expensive camera with me? Should I stay in bed? Sheer panic assaulted everyone’s minds.

Later, as I listened tensely to the radio, scientists reported that the earthquake was only around 4.7 magnitude. Imagine a 9.0 earthquake! The “Big One” would be 10 000 times the one I experienced! Now I sleep with my earthquake kit beside my bed.

The first thing I did after approximately 8 seconds of shaking, was to call my parents and family. To make sure they were alright.

Go hug your family and friends and tell them you love them! 🙂 I am so grateful to have my family and to be able to spend my holiday with them and Dad’s homemade food. Nothing tastes as good as homemade meals! Look at the colours of the vegetables! (I probably should have sprayed some water on them, they be looking thirsty)

If you are ever feeling depressed or down, just make a list of all the things you are grateful for. A TED video was explaining how being grateful reaps more happiness. It makes sense- you sort of make a bad situations into good one by remember all the good things you already have in your life. 🙂

Happy New Years! And take care!

Talk to you soon.

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