Things We Should Appreciate

15 Awesome things we take for granted

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Most of us take at least a few things for granted, no matter how much we appreciate what we have in our lives. Let's pause for a moment and think about some of the most awesome things that we take for granted and consider how fortunate we are.

Thing to be thankful for

1 Sunshine

The sun literally lights up our lives, and though we know the sun's rays can cause cancer, the sunlight is also a good thing. Sunshine stimulates your body to produce vitamin D, which protects against various diseases including osteoporosis, diabetes, rickets and some cancers.

2 Search engines

What good would the Internet be if we didn't have search engines? Google and other search engines are simply awesome. You can find anything and everything you want in a matter of just a couple seconds by typing a few words into a search engine.

3 Nature

If you live in the city, every once in a while you need to take a break and get back to nature. From the mountains to the deserts to the seas, the scenery, flora and fauna in nature are some things that most of us take for granted.

4 Air travel

Stop and think about air travel for a second. Even with security checks and full-body scans, you have to appreciate being able to get from New York to London in about seven hours.

5 Toilet paper

Extra soft... quilted... scented... two-ply -- we all buy toilet paper without giving it a second thought. Think for a second what your life would be like without it. Leaves sound uncomfortable but our ancestors used worse things, ranging from grass to animal fur to stones (ouch!).

6 Deodorant

We only appreciate deodorant when someone isn't using it. Then, we really know how much it means to us.

7 Our senses

Though you could do without your sense of smell when someone isn't wearing deodorant, our senses are often taken for granted. The sound of laughter... the smell of fresh-cut grass... the sight of your baby taking his first steps -- we should all be thankful for our senses.

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Kori Ellis
Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and three children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published in dozens of magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide, writing about everything from wedding planning to fantasy sports.

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