50 Reasons Why You Should Be Happy To Be Alive

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Life is your gift, open it.

Life is your gift, open it.

Life can be tricky.

Life can be sticky.

Life can be fun. Life can be sad. But one thing is for sure, life changes like the weather, and we can either “go with the flow” or fight it.

In today’s society, with a plethora of stimulation from the fast-paced life that surrounds us, chock full of stress and demands, I think many of us simply question…how can I even be happy to be alive? We may say to ourselves that life seems more about simple survival than it is about truly living and being happy.

So I started to think about reasons why all of us should be happy to be alive. Maybe I needed a reminder to myself even. Who knows? In any case, I hope you enjoy the list I have created below. I feel that somewhere in my list of 50 reasons you should be happy to be alive you may see…yourself.  Or, see something or feel something you may have not felt before or clearly seen. Maybe it is a wake-up call to your soul. Whatever it is, I hope something in the list sparks your inner happiness and makes you realize it is good to be a red-blooded human being…and to not take for granted this one thing we all currently have…being alive.

50 Reasons Why You Should Be Happy To Be Alive

1. You are unique, and no one else in the entire universe is just like you are.

2. Someone deeply loves you, more than you know.

3. You can change your life, it is never too late.

4. Without life, you can not feel love or give love. It is one of the greatest gifts of living.

5. You have the chance to be creative.

6. You can experience being a father or mother.

7. You can learn a new hobby.

8. You can feel how good it feels to simply laugh.

9. You can discover new friends and new people, and learn from them.

10. You can experience and enjoy eating, sleeping…and sex.

11. You can try something new, anytime you want.

12. Someone you love depends on you.

13. Even when you have a bad day, you never know what can happen the next day…or in the next moment. Life can turn on a dime.

14. You can sit and play in the rain, like you did as a child. If you didn’t, you need to try it.

15. You can turn your passion into your work.

16. You can enjoy and love having a new dog, cat, or any animal you may take interest in.

17. You can experience twilight on a summer evening…and do nothing more.

18. You can create something that can impact others.

19. You can find something you love so much, that when you do it, you lose all track of time.

20. You can dance, sing, or …run a marathon.

21. You can finally overcome that one big fear of yours and really feel free.

22. You can travel to other far places to give you a greater perspective on life outside your own world.

23. You can be happy, because you were made and created just the way you are…for a reason. You don’t need to be anyone else. And put simply, you can’t be anyone else but you. Why resist that?

24. Learn to stretch daily and see how it will make you feel happy. Or try yoga.

25. You have a chance of living to be 100. Imagine how you would feel on THAT birthday!

26. You never know, this life may be it. Enjoy it fully.

27. You might discover that the biggest fear you have, may actually be a gift to make life more colorful for you.

28. You can enjoy pizza. Or a good beer.

29. You can lose yourself in things of beauty such as a musical masterpiece or a great novel.

30. You can enjoy a nap…with your favorite dog or cat.

31. You can go a beach or local swim hole and feel like a kid again.

32. You can master a hobby such as magic tricks or playing an instrument.

33. You can experience the feeling of a crush.

34. You can build something that can last longer than you will.

35. You can be or do anything you want. There are no rules.

36. You can learn the simple power of how meditation can make you feel happy and content.

37. You can play in the snow.

38. Everyday you are one day closer to your death, once you don’t fear dying, you begin living.

39. You can enjoy your favorite food, or try new ones.

40. You may witness or experience a miracle.

41. You may create a miracle for someone.

42. It’s never too late to go back to school and learn something you have had passion about.

43. You can teach a person or a child something you are good at. It could change their life.

44. Something you do in 1, 2 or 10 years from now may make another person’s life much better.

45. If you are not in love, just know that person for you is out there…right now, alive in this world.  You may meet them tomorrow, or in 5 years…but eventually your worlds are likely to collide.

46. You can discover how true, sustained silence is the greatest sound in the world.

47. You can stand on your head and ignite your inner child.

48. You can start a chain of reactions that will cause happiness in thousands of other people (or millions) by doing one simple action.

49. You can eliminate cell phones, computers, and other things that detach you from truly feeling yourself.

50. You can enjoy how good it feels to simply…breathe. It is your natural life force.

Let me ask you…

What makes YOU happy to be alive?

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Posted on July 16, 2009

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39 Responses to “50 Reasons Why You Should Be Happy To Be Alive”
  1. All of these reasons are AWESOME! Sometimes we get caught up on what sucks, what’s not going well, but this is a great reminder of all of the reasons we’re lucky to be here. There are so many great things about life and you’ve touch on 50 of the greatest things here! :)
    .-= Positively Present´s last blog ..7 ways to celebrate summer =-.

  2. Jill says:

    Thank you for this list. It is hard for a lot of people to be happy to be alive and you have offered a light of hope for those people who stumble upon your list. I plan to come back to it on those days when life seems chaotic. Thanks for shining.
    .-= Jill´s last blog ..One of the littles celebrates a birthday =-.

  3. David says:

    great post, good to keep in mind!

  4. Jen says:

    Hi Dayne,
    I’m a new follower of your blogs and I really found it interesting a few things that you shared. I’m not so sure what to think of the ‘shaking out the trauma’ part but I do believe that feelings can become suppressed and later on in life add to the reason of an illness. I believe that i had a lot of post-add ups.. and then finally realized I needed to stop, love myself and realize that I’m worthy of the same thing I was giving away. It’s an amazing realization and lately I’ve had to take Courage just as you shared and so I started this site to progressively work through the process of embracing healing, but more importantly; I believe for the first time consciously in my life that I deserve to be HAPPY!! Yikes! I’m pretty excited! Probably sounds bizarre, and if you knew me you’d know I’m a happy person, but I never really thought that I could deserve the ultimate happiness or consciously thought so. I just love life because I’m a passionate dreamer and love people, and so that is why I’m happy; I refuse to let circumstances keep me in their grasp! :) I’m happy to follow your blogs also! Stop by any time as well as I continue my healing journey! I’m hoping it will also empower others who wish to get well and are on that final step to commit to the last stretch!! I’m so close! Life is beautiful! Take care, Blessings ~Sharmila / Jen
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..An Inner Place of Comfort – ‘Its Your Inn’-magination! :) =-.

    • Hey there Jen, thanks for the fantastic comment. Yes, the “shaking out” trauma concept is a bit odd (from the “How To Free Yourself From The Inside Out” post), but people have had really good success. But either way, there are many ways to find peace and harmony within ourselves and to “free” the sludge thats inside.

      I’m glad you have realized you deserve happiness. Of course you do! Everyone does, but it is a matter of choice, and where we put our focus. There are so many things we can put our focus in that gives artificial happiness. I try to focus on what resonates within me, and sticks around. Most of it has to do with simplicity, and giving to others.

      I will check out your blog also, thanks again for commenting!


  5. Jen says:

    Thank you Dayne for your response! :)
    You know the ‘shaking out’ the trauma and ‘breaking things responsibly’ to make one feel better are such new concepts to me but I find them interesting just the same! :) Cheryl Richardson has an amazing book out entitled: “The Art of Extreme Self-Care: Transform Your Life One Month at a Time” It is wonderful! I love soaking up all these different advices and nudges into the best direction that is Loving Life and Loving Ourselves so we can Love Others Completely! :)
    I am still trying to figure out what I can do to ‘get suppressed feelings’ out that might still be stuck in there in a way that feels fun, good and not too aggressive. I thought of getting boxing gloves as a symbol; I always wanted a punching bag growing up but no one took me seriously, even my dad who is an upholsterer so he could’ve made me one!! ;) I thought that’d be fun! Now, i don’t necessarily want that anymore, but its interesting I can see that desire in a whole new ‘spirit’ angle now that i was wanting to get unsuppressed even then! It’s surprising how much we suppress things in our society! Working on the more holistic way–that leads to true happiness! :) i know it’ll take time, but I’m in it for the long haul and for the cheers!
    take care, and keep up the great blogs! :)

    btw I love #1 You are unique, and no one else in the entire universe is just like you are. [learning to embrace this truth in my life] thank-you! :)

    Random 5 things that make me happiest:
    1. Journaling –i feel so free, nothing else matters in those moments
    2. Writing – to share and help others -ease their burdens to know they aren’t alone and help them so they don’t have to go through quite as much as you did :)
    3. Enjoy nature! Everything about it is captivating and beautiful! Miracles are everywhere!
    4. Music – creates any atmosphere you can imagine and is healing for the soul :)
    5. Pet Companions – they just ‘get us’ .. without words! my bunny Angel is the best ever!!
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Progressive Healing; Marshmallow & Sacred Spaces… =-.

  6. I love this list! I’m subscribing to your feed already ;-)
    .-= Abbiejoice at I TAKE OFF THE MASK´s last blog ..It is With Passion That You Will Find Happiness =-.

  7. Sana says:

    i was depressed and i thought that my life sucked…but after reading the list i feel that life is not that bad…..thanking u so much for giving me hope ….god bless u

    • Hi and welcome Sana! :) I’m glad you enjoyed the post and I’m sorry to hear you have some depression. Always remember, life can change in an instant, even when you are down in the dumps. Always have hope. Hang in there and take care!


  8. garrett says:

    this is a great list. i came across it a few weeks ago and it still makes me feel good when i read it. i am a generally happy and relaxed person, but every now and then, i need a little boost.

  9. ryan says:


  10. Asia says:

    Thanks, I really needed to read this! It made me feel a lot happier about my life and destroyed that solemn mood I felt earlier.

    I will keep a copy of this list!


  11. lololololololo says:

    I won the race out of 500 million sperms.

  12. Callie says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post, Dayne :)
    It is what someone like me really needs. I suffer from severe bouts of depression. I constantly feed my mind with: I am broke, I am not married yet (tho I have a very caring boyfriend whom wants to), others’ lives seem so together…and so on.
    I try to stave all that off by reminding myself that God cares & things will improve, that one day I WILL be a huge success, that the people (celebrity and otherwise) I admire so or envy are not perfect at all & I should be glad to be ME. These self-thoughts help, but then I go back into depression mode when things happen. I read your post so that I could feel good about myself and at ease with life. It helped & I even cried a little. I saved your blog to my Favorites list. I will visit it when I need reminders that everything will be okay and life CAN & DOES change unexpectedly for the better. God is great & I cannot give up!
    Thank you!

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  13. dara says:

    This post makes me happy.

  14. Micheal A. Raunsen says:

    This is all bull.

  15. Randy says:

    Hmm, some of these things can be proven false. Micheal A. Raunsen, be an optimist.

  16. Mitch says:

    Come on Micheal, maybe you had a rotten childhood, had never been cared about, never had friends. But it’s not to late to start.

  17. nameless says:

    All of these reasons have a downside…I guess I’m one of the few hopeless enough to see a downside in every reason

  18. an invisible one says:

    some people life are not gifted or simple there is unimaginable despair,pain solitude in many of us who wish they were dead. i wish i believe this reasons but reality is cruel and hopeless!!

  19. LoserMidgetBoyHumanToiletSeat says:

    Little man in the U.S. & nothings going to change that but death.
    I can’t even read this site because of the damn floating InShare box covering the left side of the page. I hope all you lovely people & criminals have a happy wonderful life. Be sure to be bigots, braggarts, bums, liars, cheats, con artists & thieves while your at it. Mock & use everyone that you can. Taking as much as possible while giving as little back as you can. That’ll make you a real winner. Can’t have win-win , No it’s got to be win-lose to be a Real man. Keeping your word is for losers like little midgets like myself. Have a great life all you real winners out there.

    • Wenwae says:

      I’m cynical too, but I’m working on it. It’s hard to remember sometimes that everyone’s a person and that most people are generally good.

      Also, midgets are not losers and not keeping your word is pretty much always frowned upon.

      I hope you’re doing better since you posted this. *Hugs*

  20. A Friend says:

    Life is full of challenges and pleasures. It is true that some people face tremendous challenges, but as a Christian, life is seen as a gift from God to love Him most of all, and love others as yourself. Take pleasure in gifts of life, and we should try to help others. I can say that I have happiness, as I know that I am loved by the Creator and God of Heaven and Earth, and love Him back. Please, to anyone who is reading this and needs help, understand that you have a purpose in life, and you are made special. We are all sinners, and even if you feel horrible about your wrongdoings, and are going through a rough time, God wants to be with you and for you to love Him. No matter what, God does not want you to perish, and God has loved us with eternal love since the beginning. I cannot describe the joy of being a Christian.

  21. Des says:

    life has twists and turns , worries and set backs , disappointments , betrayals
    and challenges but that is no barrier its ablessing , evry problm , mks us bettr , thats how i keep on goin

  22. Alex says:

    I think it’s half true. Life has good moments for most people, and my life has had good moments. That doesn’t make life feel good though. Life can suck and most of the time it does. There is only one piece of my life that makes me hold on and I love her for it. So I think I’ll be ok for a little while longer.
    I’m glad I found that piece of life that I love.

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