Let’s be real, life can be tough. There are days when everything seems to go wrong and it’s easy to fall into a negative mindset. But, what if I told you there’s a secret weapon that can help turn things around? It’s called gratitude and it’s one of the most powerful practices you can do to. There are so many things to be grateful for in life, keep reading to find them!
Think about it: when you’re feeling down, it’s easy to get caught up in all the things that aren’t going right. But, when you shift your focus to the things you’re thankful for, suddenly it doesn’t seem so bad. Gratitude helps you appreciate what you have, rather than constantly striving for more. It helps you see the glass half full instead of half empty.
But it’s not just about feeling better, gratitude has been scientifically proven to benefit our physical and mental health. It can reduce stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and even boost your immune system. Who knew being thankful could be so good for you?
But perhaps the most important benefit of gratitude is how it helps us build stronger relationships. When you take time to appreciate the people and things in your life, you get to connect on a deeper level. You start to see the beauty in the world around you and the people in it.
So, start your gratitude practice today. It won’t solve all your problems but it will make you feel better and appreciate all the good things in your life that you’ve taken for granted.
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Why you should make a list of things you’re thankful for
You know what they say, “a little gratitude goes a long way.” But did you know that actually writing down the things you’re thankful for can have an even bigger impact?
Making a list of things you’re grateful for is like hitting the refresh button on your brain. It’s like a little mental cleanse that helps you focus on the good things in your life, rather than getting bogged down by the negative. Plus, it’s a great way to remind yourself of all the blessings you have, even on the tough days.
But here’s the thing, it’s not just about writing down the obvious things like good health, a roof over your head, or a steady job. Sure, those are all important, but it’s also about being thankful for the little things that might go unnoticed. The morning sunshine, a good cup of coffee, or a kind word from a friend. It’s about taking the time to appreciate the beauty in the world around you, no matter how small.
And once you start making your list, you’ll see that it’s not just a one-time thing. It’s a habit, a practice that you can continue to do daily or weekly. It becomes a way of living, a way of seeing the world, and a way of connecting to yourself and others. It’s like having a daily gratitude journal that you can look back on and see the progress and growth in your life.
So, why not give it a try? Grab a pen and paper and start listing all the things you’re thankful for. Trust me, you’ll be surprised at how many things you’ll find to be grateful for. It’s a fun, interesting, and thought-provoking way to improve your life, and it’s as simple as making a list.
Top things to be thankful for in life
1. Family – the love and support of the people closest to us.
2. Health – the ability to live our lives to the fullest.
3. Friends – the people we share our lives with and who bring joy and companionship.
4. Freedom – the ability to make our own choices and live as we choose.
5. Nature – the beauty and wonder of the world around us.
6. Food – the nourishment that sustains us.
7. Shelter – the protection and comfort of a roof over our heads.
8. Education – the ability to learn and grow.
9. Employment – the means to support ourselves and our families.
10. Safety – the protection from harm and danger.
11. Transportation – the ability to get around and explore the world.
12. Technology – the tools that make our lives easier and more efficient.
13. Entertainment – the arts and media that bring us joy and relaxation.
14. Clothing – a way of expressing ourselves and the means to keep warm and presentable.
15. Love – the bond that connects us to others and brings happiness.
16. Water – the essential resource for survival.
17. Air – the vital element that keeps us alive.
18. Sleep – the rest and rejuvenation that keeps us healthy.
19. Sunlight – the natural light that brightens our days.
20. Opportunity – the chance to make our dreams a reality.
21. Pets – the love and companionship of our animal friends.
22. Music – the art form that touches our hearts and souls.
23. Books – the knowledge and stories they contain.
24. Medicine – the ability to heal and improve our health.
25. Internet – the access to information and communication.
26. Support systems – the people and resources that help us when we need it.
27. Financial stability – the ability to provide for ourselves and our loved ones.
28. Memories – the experiences and moments that shape who we are.
29. Laughter – the joy and release it brings.
30. Kindness – the generosity and compassion of others.
31. Volunteering – the ability to give back and make a difference in the world.
32. Clean air and water – the vital resources for life.
33. Time – the ability to enjoy the present and plan for the future.
34. Personal growth – the ability to learn and improve ourselves.
35. Holidays – the special occasions that bring people together.
36. Creativity – the ability to express ourselves and make something new.
37. Hope – the belief in a better future. Always one of the best things to be grateful for!
38. Inspiration – the drive to achieve our goals.
39. Diversity – the richness and variety of life.
40. Beauty – people, art, architecture, and designs in our surroundings.
41. Five senses – letting us see, hear, feel, smell, and taste the world around us.
42. Mistakes – guides us to improve and become better
43. Pain – helps us become stronger people
44. Sunset – a beautiful end to the day
Funny things to be thankful for
45. Cat videos – who needs therapy when you have cat videos?
46. Being able to laugh at ourselves – a superpower that allows us to turn our mistakes into memes and our embarrassments into jokes
47. Memes – the internet’s way of making our struggles relatable and our triumphs sharable
48. Inside jokes – the secret language that bonds us together and makes the world a little less serious
49. Toilet paper – the one thing that separates us from the animals, and the one thing we don’t want to run out of
50. Deodorant – the unsung hero of personal hygiene. Definitely something to be grateful for!
51. Puns – the lowest form of humor, but the highest form of wordplay
52. Happy hours – the time of day when work is forgotten
53. The ability to make a silly face and make someone laugh – a superpower that can turn a bad day into a good one
54. Dad jokes – the corny punchline that makes us roll our eyes
55. Self-deprecating humor – the art of making fun of ourselves
56. Belly laughs – laughter that makes your whole body shake
57. The fact that there’s always someone worse off than you – just kidding, that’s not something to be thankful for, but it can put things in perspective
58. Sarcasm – saying the opposite of what you mean and making it sound better
59. The ability to turn any situation into a joke – this will always come in handy
60. Pranks – the art of making people laugh by making them believe something that’s not true
61. The Onion – the news source that makes fake news funny
62. TikTok – the app that turned 15 seconds of fame into 15 minutes of entertainment
Things to be grateful about yourself
63. Your personality – there’s only one of you on this planet!
64. Your resilience – the ability to bounce back after difficult times and come out stronger
65. Your creativity – seeing the world in a different way and come up with new ideas
66. Your kindness – caring for others and making a positive impact on the world
67. Sense of humor – finding the funny in any situation and making others laugh
68. Your determination – the drive to pursue your goals and make your dreams a reality
69. Your emotional intelligence – the ability to understand and manage your emotions, and connect with others
70. Patience – the ability to wait for the right moment and appreciate the journey
71. Adaptability – seeking to change and grow with new experiences and challenges
72. Your confidence – believing in yourself and your abilities to achieve what you want
73. Self-awareness – your ability to understand yourself and make conscious choices to improve yourself
74. Self-care – taking care of yourself and making your well-being a priority
75. Your honesty – being truthful with yourself and others
76. Open-mindedness – considering different perspectives and learning from others
77. Empathy – the ability to understand and relate to the feelings of others
78. Perseverance – the ability to keep going despite obstacles and setbacks.”
79. Sense of adventure – willingness to step out of your comfort zone and try new things
Gratitude list of things that are unexpectedly awesome
80. The feeling of accomplishment after cleaning a messy room
81. The smell of freshly baked bread
82. Getting lost in a good book
83. The sound of rain on the roof
84. The taste of a perfectly ripe avocado
85. The warmth of a hug from a loved one
86. The sight of a beautiful sunset
87. The feeling of soft grass between your toes
88. The sound of a baby’s laughter
89. The feeling of a warm blanket on a cold night
90. The taste of a cold beer on a hot day
91. The sound of waves crashing on the shore
92. The sight of a double rainbow
93. The feeling of a hot shower after a long day
94. The taste of a freshly brewed hot cup of coffee
95. The sound of birds singing in the morning
96. The feeling of a cool breeze on a hot day
97. The sight of a beautiful flower blooming
98. The taste of a delicious home-cooked meal
99. The feeling of a nice warm bed after a long day.
100. The ability to travel through time and space using our imagination, books, movies, and games
How to find things to be grateful for
Ready to take your gratitude list to the next level? Want to find more ways to practice gratitude and thankfulness? Here are some key steps to making that list of things to be thankful for:
1. Start a gratitude journal
Write down at least three things you’re thankful for each day. This can be big or small, but try to focus on the positive things that happen throughout the day.
2. Get creative
Draw, paint, or doodle what you’re grateful for. This can be a fun way to express gratitude and can also serve as a reminder when you look back at your journal.
3. Take a gratitude walk
Go outside and take a walk while thinking about things you’re grateful for. This can be a great way to clear your mind and focus on the positive aspects of your life.
4. Play a gratitude game
Make a list of things you’re grateful for and then challenge a friend or family member to see who can come up with the most items.
5. Make it a group activity
Share what you’re grateful for with a group of friends or family members. This can be a great way to bond and learn about the things that others appreciate in their lives.
6. Use prompts
Use prompts or inspiration from websites, books or other sources to generate new things to be grateful for.
7. Find gratitude quotes
I love quotes, as they help me feel inspired and reflective of my life. I also use them when I practice journaling. Here are some quotes that you can add to your collection:
8. Send thank you notes
If you’re seeking things to be grateful for, look no further than thank you cards. Whether it’s a birthday, Christmas, or another special occasion like a wedding or anniversary, it’s a good idea to get in the practice of sending out these small tokens of appreciation. They really work wonders!
9. Practice mindfulness
Take a moment to be present and reflect on the things you are grateful for in your life. This can be done while practicing yoga, meditation, or any other mindful activity.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about what to be grateful for in life
Here are some popular questions and answers about what to be thankful for in 2023.
What are 10 ways to show gratitude?
Here are some of the best ways to show gratitude to the people around you:
- Say “thank you” with a heartfelt sincerity.
- Write a thank-you note or letter, the old-fashioned way.
- Give a thoughtful gift to show that you care.
- Cook or bake a delicious treat for someone.
- Offer to help someone with a task or project.
- Give a compliment or praise to someone who deserves it.
- Pay it forward by doing something kind for a stranger.
- Give a hug or a high-five to show your appreciation.
- Share your gratitude on social media and spread the love.
- Show your gratitude through actions, not just words.
Remember, showing gratitude is not just about saying “thank you.” It’s about putting your words into actions and making someone feel appreciated. The more creative and thoughtful the gesture, the more meaningful it will be. So, go out there and show some gratitude, you never know how much it could mean to someone!
How do you make a grateful list?
There are many ways to make a gratitude list, but I recommend doing the following:
– Get a notebook or journal: This is where you’ll write down all the things you’re grateful for. Make sure to choose a notebook that inspires you and makes you excited to write in it.
– Set a goal: Decide how often you want to make your grateful list. It could be once a week, once a day, or even multiple times a day.
– Get inspired: Before you start writing, take a moment to think about all the things you’re grateful for. You could also use prompts or inspiration from websites, books, or other sources to generate new things to be grateful for.
– Be creative: Instead of just writing a list, get creative! You could draw, paint, or doodle what you’re grateful for. Or even make a gratitude jar where you put small notes with things you are grateful for.
– Make it a group activity: Share what you’re grateful for with a group of friends or family members. This can be a great way to bond and learn about the things that others appreciate in their lives.
– Have fun with it: This is your grateful list, so make it fun! Add some humor, draw a little picture, or write a poem about something you’re thankful for. The more fun you have with it, the more likely you are to stick with it.
– Reflect on it: Take a moment to reflect on the things you wrote on your grateful list. Remember the feelings that come with it and be present in the moment.
What should you be most grateful for?
Well, let me tell you, there are so many things to be grateful for, but if I had to pick just one, it would definitely be the ability to laugh at myself. Because let’s be real, life can be challenging, and if we can’t laugh at ourselves, we might as well be a bunch of robots going through the motions.
Also, it’s important to be grateful for the little things in life like:
- Finding a lost pair of socks
- Discovering a new flavor of ice cream
- Getting a seat on a crowded bus
- A good meme
- And of course, the ability to eat an entire pizza by yourself without feeling guilty.
In short, be grateful for the big things and the small things, because they all make life worth living. And remember, if you ever feel ungrateful, just think of someone who has a bad hair day, lost their socks, and can’t eat pizza.
What are unique things to be thankful?
Here are some gratitude list ideas that touch on unique areas:
- The ability to taste a delicious ice cream cone on a hot summer day.
- The sound of a bird chirping outside your window.
- The feeling of a cool breeze on your skin.
- A warm hug from a loved one.
- The smell of freshly baked cookies.
- The sight of a beautiful sunset.
- The taste of a perfectly brewed cup of coffee.
- The sound of your favorite song playing on the radio.
- The feeling of soft grass beneath your feet.
- The sensation of a cool dip in the ocean on a hot day.
- The taste of your mom’s home cooked meal.
- The sound of your child’s laughter.
- The feeling of a cozy blanket on a cold night.
- The sight of a beautiful rainbow after a storm.
- The ability to lay in a hammock and watch the clouds go by.
What am I grateful for?
I am thankful for everything I wrote in this article and more. I truly love my life and all the people in it. As a travel blogger, I’ve been to some amazing places and experienced many bucket list-worthy activities. But at the end of the day, I am most grateful for my health, my family, and all the other amazing people around me.
What are you thankful for?
Hope you enjoyed reading this round-up of things to be thankful for. Did any gratitude list ideas resonate with you? Let me know via email, Instagram, or in the comments! Sending good vibes your way! -Jon