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4 Things You Take for Granted in Your Home

A few ways that you can improve your attitude when it comes to your own living environment is to think about things that you might be taking for granted. If you live in the industrialized world, particularly in a handful of countries, you have more home amenities than a majority of the cumulative human population does.

For a moment, pause to consider the fact that you have hot water, reliable electricity, climate control options, and room to move in your house. All of those things are a luxury rather than a necessity, and a lot of the world goes without them.

Hot Water

When was the last time that you tried to take a shower only to find out that you didn’t have any hot water? You were probably angry. Because it’s uncomfortable taking a cold shower. Your body is resisting the feeling of freezing cold water as you are trying to soak yourself down. But, in lots of places in the world, there is no hot water. So one of the ways to not take this for granted is to literally force yourself to take a shower with only the cold water on sometimes. Then, your next hot water shower will be amazing.

Reliable Electricity

Living in modern society generally means that you have reliable electricity to use. However, in many places in the world, electricity is not reliable. They don’t have the infrastructure set up. Or perhaps there have been conflicts where power grids have been destroyed for some reason or another. In some places in the world, they don’t have enough machinery to keep power grids cool, which leads to brownouts. Or, in very dense populations, sometimes the human need for power is greater than the ability to produce it. Appreciating the fact that you have reliable electricity goes a long way into appreciating your home.

Climate Control

And how about heating and cooling? In most places, there’s a combination of using a furnace, space heater, or air conditioner to get the temperature inside your home to where you are reasonably comfortable. This is something people take for granted and even expect. Even though there are lots of places where you just have to live with whatever the temperature is outside, and you have to use the shade in the sunshine to acclimate yourself.

Room To Move

Everybody wants a bigger house. But truthfully, everybody doesn’t need a bigger house. Truthfully, people need very little space to survive. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s not more comfortable or convenient to have room to move. People feel entitled to have their own bedroom. But this is not a natural human right. Some families live in single rooms all over the world, and they make do with what they have. The important thing is to appreciate the availability of space, and not have a bad attitude about wanting more.