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10 everyday wins to be thankful for

Now's the time to stop taking these small wins for granted, and start being grateful instead.

Having a bad day? Turn it into an awesome one instantly, by appreciating the amazing things that happen to us every day.

Having a bad day? Turn it into an awesome one instantly, by appreciating the amazing little things that happen to us every day. Now’s the time to stop taking these small wins for granted, and start being grateful instead.

When your train pulls up as you approach the platform

Missing the train is sometimes the difference between already being snug in your pajamas before midnight, or waiting in the empty, cold station for another hour after a few post-work wines. There really are few better feelings than hopping straight on a train (or bus), homeward-bound!

An empty supermarket checkout line

Ever traipsed through a crowded Woolies, searching for ingredients in your recipe that don’t seem to exist, only to find a huge long queue at the end of your ordeal? Zipping through the checkout quickly is surely something to be grateful about.

An unexpectedly good meal

Walking into some obscure corner cafe or pub and having the best steak and chips of your life is a win for sure. Perhaps you won’t find a seat next time, or the meal won’t be as tasty, so savor the moment.

Discovering a parking spot right outside your destination

Parking miles away from your destination wearing four-inch heels is enough to put anyone in a bad mood for the evening. So when the parking angels (yes, they exist!) come to your rescue, it’s good times for all.

Finding money, anywhere

It doesn’t matter if it’s a dollar coin in the bus seat or a fiver on the pavement, money is money, and we’ll gladly pocket that, thank you! Ahem, we mean pocket it after doing everything we possibly can to track down the rightful owner, of course.

Getting green lights the whole way

You don’t even have to be running late to enjoy flying through a long run of green traffic lights from start to destination. Multiply this joy by a thousand million when you’re in a cab and on the meter!

The stars came out tonight

This may sound oh-so bohemian, but when you look up into the wild, blue yonder and breathe in a big lungful of clean air, it can make you grateful that you live in Australia where light pollution doesn’t obscure your view of the night sky. Our sweeping canopy of shining stars makes all those New Yorkers and Beijingers green with envy.

Something you went back to buy is now on sale

That feeling when the super-duper Ninja blender you thought about buying all weekend is suddenly half price when you go back? Priceless!

Finding a spare

A spare what? Doesn’t matter. Whether it’s a tire, battery, candle or matches when there’s a blackout, needle and thread or hairpin, finding anything that provides a backup when you need it most is a pretty darn good feeling.

Surprisingly-low electricity bill

It’s always hit-and-miss when it comes to bills, so we can all appreciate a low electricity bill after a particularly dreadful winter or stinking hot summer. Happiness is also getting money from unexpected sources, like a bigger-than anticipated tax refund or inheritance from a long-lost relative.

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