There’s so many horrible news stories bombarding us everyday that it’s nice to take a breather once in a while and be grateful for the things in your life that make your world better — such as your cats. When you realize just how much your cats bring to your life, you can be grateful you’re not a refugee in some war-torn country, dodging death squads and land mines just to survive another day.

If you have a cat, be grateful for the little things that your cat does to brighten your day, even if it means making you realize that your drapes needed replacing anyways or that your Oriental rug was too old for your house to fit in. Once you take a moment to be grateful for the things in your life that make it better, you’ll realize that life probably isn’t as bad as all the news stories make it out to be.

To read how cats can make you grateful, click here.