101 Things To Be Grateful For In Your Life

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“Thank you.”

Such small words (and only two of them) express a profound state of being – gratitude. I first discovered what gratitude really means when I found my person in life

After a long time on my own, I had kind of resigned myself to being the odd one out and always being alone… but when I met my soul sister for the first time, I felt an intense sense of gratitude. I was found. 

If you’ve merely mouthed “thank you” when you receive a gift, you don’t quite know what having things to be grateful for means. Gratitude is an awareness that life is good, you are blessed, and there is a purpose behind everything

While my ultimate gratitude has been for a person in my life, your gratitude may be for that job interview that worked out okay or the car that didn’t hit you on the sidewalk. There are so many things to be grateful for in life. Becoming aware of these gratitude-worthy moments, events, things, and people is how you build a life of inspiration. 

What are you most grateful for?

What You Will Learn

What Is Gratitude? 

Gratitude is a state of mind that has emotional, rational, and physiological components that go beyond merely being thankful. When you experience gratitude, you feel positive and warm about a situation or person, which is your thankfulness and feeling blessed by the object of the gratitude. 

You also reason that you are lucky and graced by good fortune to have the event or reason for the gratitude in your life.                        

On a physiological level, gratitude manifests as a general feeling of well-being, improved immunity, and better overall health. You may even sense a glow-up in your being. 

Being mindful of the things to be grateful for in your daily life is a state of mind that has the power to change your way of thinking and living. 

Why Does Gratitude Matter? 

While we are taught that gratitude is a “polite and nice” thing to do, we don’t always understand why gratitude does matter. Oh, we are taught in our religious institutions to be grateful and count our blessings and give thanks by way of alms, but we don’t always realize just why gratitude matters. 

When you experience gratitude, you feel happier. With gratitude, your life outlook improves and becomes more positive. Where life had gotten you down before, you realize with gratitude that it’s not as bad as you imagined

Gratitude helps you experience life in perspective. All the negativity, stress, anguish, and pain of living gets set in the right place on your life shelf, since you also know that there’s goodness, truth, and a sense of positivity in the world. Suddenly, with gratitude, it all becomes worth it

Ways to Practice Gratitude

Gratitude is not something you are always aware of needing. It’s like the salt of life, and after you’ve tasted the meal, you can add it to make everything taste better. Gratitude takes a conscious effort – awareness. 

There are a few ways in which you can practice gratitude.

  • Notice Gratitude Worthy Events

Anything can be a gratitude worthy event. It doesn’t have to be a massive thing for you to feel gratitude for it. But what matters is that you notice something good has happened, and you are blessed by it. 

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You may not think of yourself as a beauty star, but in your so-called imperfection, you are perfectly you, and that is beautiful in itself. 

Ways to notice and make the most of that gratitude include writing a journal daily, reflecting in the morning and again in the evening. 

  • Look for Gratitude 

It may seem like a needle in a haystack at times to look for gratitude in your day. Perhaps it was truly awful: your parent died or you had a car accident. Surely there can be nothing worth gratitude on such a day? 

Look for it, and you will find it. There is always a silver lining and an opportunity for joy and gratitude. 

  • Think With Gratitude

The way you look at the world changes how you perceive it. Practice gratitude by becoming conscious of your thoughts. If you tend to be negative, think the worst, and see the worst in everything, you CAN learn to think with gratitude. 

Consciously begin to manifest gratitude in your day. 

101 Things to Be Grateful for in Your Daily Life

If you think you’ve got nothing to be grateful for, this list of 101 things to be grateful for in your daily life will help to open your eyes and see what’s right in front of you.  

Physical Gratitude

Practicing gratitude has benefits like increasing your immune system, reducing inflammation and aches and pains, lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk for a heart attack. You will naturally take better care of yourself when you are grateful and exercise to build a healthy body. 

1. Breath

You may not think it’s a blessing, but breath is a gift. It’s drawn for the first time at birth, and you breathe your last when you pass. 

2. Movement

There is such joy in physical movement. Whether you are blessed with good health or partially disabled, if you can still move to some extent, you are blessed. Each step is one that someone else can’t take, so there is cause for gratitude there. 

3. Health

Whether you are in excellent health or suffering from some ailment, there is always someone who is going through worse. Health is a reason to feel gratitude.

4. Beauty

You may not think of yourself as a beauty star, but in your so-called imperfection, you are perfectly you, and that is beautiful in itself. 

5. Youth 

“Youth is a gift wasted on the young,” George Bernard Shaw famously said. If you are young, value your youth and all the possibilities ahead of you. 

6. Maturity 

Old age is often seen as a curse, yet it should be celebrated. With your maturity, you have earned experience and lived. If you’ve reached your golden years, there is such gratitude for this too—not many people get to where you are. 

7. Your Hands

Looking at your hands right now, are you grateful for the gift of having them? Hands bring the blessing of touch. Hands let you work and let you hold those you love. 

8. Your Opposable Thumbs

Give yourself a grateful thumbs up today—thumbs are what allow you to hold the TV remote, phone, pen and pencil, knife and fork, chocolates, drinking straws, and more. 

9. Your Voice

Have you ever felt awkward when you hear yourself speak on a recording? While you may sound strange to yourself, your voice is also completely unique, as is the way you speak. 

10. Lips

Poems have been written in praise of them, but lips are often overlooked. Without lips, you wouldn’t speak like you do, nor would you be able to kiss or smile. 

Mental Gratitude

When you start to take a second look at things, you begin to really give your mental faculties a workout and build new neural pathways. Gratitude is when you look twice at the world around you through the lens of positivity. 

11. A Sense of Humor

Life can be a challenge, and one of the best mental skills you should be grateful for is a sense of humor. When you can laugh, you can live strongly.   

12. Intelligence

Intelligence is what sets us apart from the animal kingdom, and if you have a higher IQ than a mushroom, be grateful.

13. Language

While language can seem limiting, it is also how we communicate. Speaking a language means you can connect with others and share your thoughts. How amazing to articulate the intangible! 

14.  Puzzle Solving

Did you recently solve a problem? Your logic and puzzle-solving skills helped you out—time to give them a shout out. 

15. Writing and Reading

Because you can read the thoughts of those who came before and leave a legacy too.

16. Memory 

The wonderful chronicle of your life lies in your memories, along with where you left your keys.  

17. Fantasy 

Without the ability to have fantasies, we wouldn’t dream, and we wouldn’t strive for better and bigger things. 

18. Imagination 

Be grateful for your imagination; it’s something not everyone has. 

19. Personality

Again, not everyone has one (#clonesofsociety), so be happy for yours.

20. Talents

Your mental skills probably include a range of talents, from playing piano to reciting all the American presidents in order. You are special. 

Social Gratitude

When you are grateful, you will be more caring, share more, and help others. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. 

21. Compassion

Having compassion will stand you in good stead. 

22. Connection 

Seeing others and being seen is priceless. 

23. Your Tribe

When you find your people, hold on tight to them.

24. Entertainment

Hanging out with friends should be appreciated and not taken for granted. 

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We each have personal things we are grateful for. These can be random or deeply meaningful.

25. Charity 

Gratitude often begins with charity. 

26. Gatherings 

Such joy can be shared at gatherings of similar-minded people. 

27. Being Polite

Develop manners and be grateful if you have them. 

28. People You Meet

Meeting the people who change your life for better or worse – and there’s always something to learn from them. 

29. Freedom of Speech

Living in a society where you can speak out. 

30. Knowing Silence 

The wisdom to keep silent in public and private is valuable. 

Financial Gratitude

Financial gratitude is about so much more than money

31. Money

Having it opens possibilities. 

32. Losing Money 

Teaches you to survive. 

33. Savings 

Helps dreams come true. 

34. Earning Money 

Working for your income is a gift.

35. Winning Money 

Coz we all need a break too. 

36. Debt 

How you handle it helps you grow.

37. Not Depending on Money

Priceless to know you can do without it. 

38. Money Shows People for Who They Are

Truth is valuable. 

39. Loans 

For a lesson in responsibility. 

40. Having It and Not Needing It

Money can be a vile force unless you master it.

Emotional Gratitude 

Having gratitude makes you feel positive and thankful. Joy, pleasure, optimism, happiness, and contentment come from gratitude. 

41. Sorrow

For teaching the meaning of joy. 

42. Loss

Learning what matters. 

43. Happiness

To help you believe in heaven. 

44. Love 

Connection to yourself through the mirror of someone else. 

45. Jealousy 

To show you that you’re human and have things to work on. 

46. Hate

So you can learn what not to do. 

47. Anger

Showing you something is wrong. 

48. Pride 

So you can love yourself. 

49. Curiosity 

So you’ll never get bored. 

50. Bitterness 

Only in contrast can we learn what happiness means. 

Nature’s Gratitude

All of nature celebrates, and so should you. 

51. Sunrises 

New beginnings and potential each day. 

52. Sunsets 

Nature rests too. 

53. Clouds

So children can dream. 

54. Breezes

So you can feel goosebumps too. 

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Your mental skills probably include a range of talents, from playing piano to reciting all the American presidents in order. You are special. 

55. Soil 

To dig toes into and grow. 

56. Water

To quench thirst. 

57. Fire 

Keeping warm and for stories. 

58. Animals

Man’s first companions. 

59. Leaves

So you can watch trees dance. 

60. Waves

How the sea hugs the shore. 

Spiritual Gratitude

A neglected spirit is the whisper of a life not lived, so practice soul gratitude daily. 

61. Prayer

So you can speak and listen to your Maker. 

62. Guilt

For forgiveness to have meaning. 

63. Introspection 

So you can know yourself. 

64. Energy 

What you are made of. 

65. Vibration 

The movement of life. 

66. Sharing and Expanding Consciousness

For when physical life ends. 

67. Concept of Heaven 

#Goals

68. Concept of Hell

#WhatNotToGoals

69. Consciousness 

Spiritual self-awareness leads to a better relationship with who you are. 

70. Soul

If life is gratitude, your soul is the thank you from the universe. 

Familial Gratitude

Family is more than blood, and each member in your family is there for a reason. 

71. Parents

They made you. (#duh)

72. Siblings 

Mile markers on your journey to who you are now.

73. Friends 

There to support you when it’s a bad family day. 

74. Soulmates

Your real family when blood fails. 

75. Home

The space where you learn about family and yourself.

76. Holidays

So you can remember that family matters.

77. Genetics 

It contributes to who you are.

78. Family Photos

So you can remember those who have passed.

79. Romantic Partners 

So you can know the thrill of love and fear of loss. 

80. Your Own Children

So you can teach others the lessons you learned. 

Personal Gratitude

We each have personal things we are grateful for. These can be random or deeply meaningful.

81. Pets

For unconditional love.

82. Add Breaks

So you can have a bathroom break during a show. 

83. Tea 

For a thirsty soul. 

84. Rainbows

For wishes after storms.

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Being mindful of the things to be grateful for in your daily life is a state of mind that has the power to change your way of thinking and living. 

85. A Good Book

#NothingBetter

86. Quotes from Famous People

Words that speak to your core. 

87. Grass Underfoot

Best connection to primal roots.

88. Cooking Shows

Because we all dream of making fancy food.

89. McDonald’s 

#can’tcook

90. Fireworks

So you can feel like a kid again.

World Gratitude

There is so much we can be grateful for in the world. 

91. Governments 

So order can be maintained. 

92. Rebels and Civil Organizations 

Because order should be challenged too.

93. War

Because it helps us unite against an aggressor. 

94. Peace

So reconciliation can happen. 

95. Festivals 

Cultures are the spice of life. 

96. Sports Events

So we can cheer for the underdog and wish we could participate too.

97. Heroes

When disaster strikes, heroes help us believe in goodness and care. 

98. Philosophers 

Without them, we’d never have learned about the big stuff in life.

99. Opportunity 

No matter the form it takes, opportunity is always a blessing. 

100. Earth

We live on a rock spinning around the sun at a few million miles a second—and it sustains life—wow!

101. Yourself

Finally, be grateful for yourself. You are unique and reach others in ways you can’t ever imagine. 

Final Thoughts on Things to Be Grateful For

Gratitude is such a vital concept in our thinking paradigms. When we know what influence gratitude has on others and on us, we are better able to see our life in perspective

Discover your gratitude and how to make the most of it by being conscious of every event in your life. Live moment by moment, and you will find joy in every second of this precious life. 

Get started today by learning about how to make a gratitude board in our handy guide. Or start journaling a few minutes each day, even when you don’t feel like it, to help gain some perspective. Most often, things could always be worse than they are… and there is always something to be learned, even in times of despair.

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