Earlier this year, a lot of my friends joined the #100happydays craze. Those who signed up to join the game are required to submit a picture of anything that makes them happy during the day and do it for 100days. Although I like the idea, I decided not to join because I know for a fact that not everyday will be a good day and there will always be bad a day. I also know that happiness is fleeting and identifying the things that make you happy even if you’re not is like denying the reality, so I wasn’t really sold to the idea.
It was only during the second half of the year, when life, in general, had become very difficult for me, when I realized the benefit of doing the 100 happy days challenge. The point of the game is not to encourage people to ignore their feelings but to help them develop a heart of gratitude. Identifying things that make you happy everyday is an exercise that can help a person appreciate the mundane things that we often neglect during ordinary or great days, the things that help us get through bad days. And when we learn to appreciate more of the simple things that make us happy, we begin to feel grateful of the blessings that come from small things.
Though I still did not end up joining the #100happydays challenge, I decided to make counting the small blessings as an exercise and as an added feature to my daily devotional time with God.
I printed the sticker I found online that says ’10 Things I’m Thankful For’ and posted it in my devotional journal to compel me to think of the things that made me happy from the previous day. After almost a week of doing the exercise, I realized that it was really a good way to keep your spirit up throughout each day. I also realized that the things I included in my list are made up of the simple things such as having lunch with my officemates, the random music on my playlist that makes me happy, and glitch-free MRT rides, among others.
Why do we really need to be thankful for the small things? First, because it is God’s will for us to be thankful. He even said in the Bible to ‘give thanks in all circumstances’, and all circumstances include small things that we often fail to notice. Like what our Pastor said during our church’s Thanksgiving Day celebration, God wants us to be thankful not because He needs us to be but because He knows that it is for our own benefit when we learn to be grateful of the things we already have. God knows that the moment we fail to appreciate the things we have and focus our eyes on the things we don’t have, we will begin to complain and grumble, and may eventually cause us to lose sight of His goodness. And when we lose sight of His goodness, we lose hope to continue and live our life to the fullest.
Second, we need to be thankful for the small things because it opens up opportunities for more blessings from above. One of the biblical principles that I’m learning to apply in my life is about becoming faithful to the small things. I’ve realized that God is so wise that He will not give us anything beyond what we can handle. If we can’t handle the small things now, how can we say that we can handle the greater things that He will give us in the future? We need to start being faithful to the smalls things now because God sees it. And part of being faithful to the small things is being thankful for what we have.
Lastly, we need to be thankful of the small things because they are the fuel that drives us to move on with life. When life gets tough, we realize that the small things such as small talks with friends, the sunshine on the window or even the smile of a stranger are the things that help us get by through a rough day.
So, let’s be thankful for the small things and start counting our blessings. As what my favorite line from the song “Count Your Blessings” says:
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.