The fact that you’re reading this sentence means that you are richer and more educated than 99.5% of people in human history.
It means you have almost immediate access to over half of all of the information and data ever created by the human race.
It means you have the ability to educate yourself on subjects people previously spent their entire lifetimes to learn. You may not be the person you want, but at least you have the self-awareness and drive to notice what you’re unhappy with and the desire to do something about it.
Your family may frustrate you, but over 1/3 of the world’s population has only one parent and 143 million children are growing up with no parents at all.
You may be overweight, but at least you’ve enjoyed plenty of good food and have the knowledge and capability to get thin and look great. Use it as an opportunity to set goals and improve yourself.
If you’re in college or you went to college, you are part of the lucky 7% worldwide elite. You’re unlikely to ever live at a subsistence level like almost 60% of the population and you surely won’t ever be starving like almost 25% of the world population.
You are the 1 percent
But you’ve heard stuff like this before. And it doesn’t actually help, right?
Yeah, you’re lucky, but you still struggle with your confidence, you still feel socially anxious, you still suffer from feelings of inadequacy, you still stress about money/work/debt/family/friends.
So sure, you’re eating well, have a degree of education and the capability to even engage in this hobby of anime watching that we all enjoy, but your life isn’t exactly peachy either.
For decades, research has tied gratefulness and appreciation to happiness. People who are happier tend to be more grateful and appreciative for what they have.
But what they’ve also found is that it also works the other way around: consciously practicing gratitude makes one happier. It makes one appreciate what one has and helps one to remain in the present moment. Practicing gratitude increases accountability which directly leads to higher self-esteem and happiness.
Not to mention it makes one more pleasant to be around and creates a more magnetic personality.
You may not be the person you want, but at least you have the self-awareness and drive to notice what you’re unhappy with and the desire to do something about it.
You are part of the first generation in human history that has truly discovered we are always capable of improving our lives — socially, emotionally, professionally and financially.
In the past, people assumed if they were born into it, they were screwed. So while you might be stressing out as a content creator over your workload and reception, a fan of anime who desires to be heard yet never gets a foothold to do so, or just a person who uses anime to get away from their personal problems – remember just to be thankful.
And you’ll keep forgetting this unless you remind yourself. Remind yourself regularly. Choose to be thankful. Remember how it could be worse, it could always be worse.
So while you might be stressing out as a content creator over your workload and reception, a fan of anime who desires to be heard yet never gets a foothold to do so, or just a person who uses anime to get away from their personal problems – remember just to be thankful.