grateful thanksgiving

There isn’t a single person in the world who isn’t thankful and grateful for someone or something. Thanksgiving is a great time to remind you of all the blessings and things to be grateful for, from things you take for granted to unique things in life.

There are psychological benefits to looking at the brighter side of life and remembering just how good we have it. We often get caught in negative emotional loops, concentrating on annoyances that really don’t matter from a long-term perspective. Hopefully this list will help you realize just how good your life is!

We compiled a list of 365 (+1 bonus for leap year) things to be grateful for; one for each day of the year. Hopefully you can take some time this Thanksgiving Holiday – and everyday – to

Ultimate Gratitude List – 365 Items To Develop An Attitude of Gratitude

Things To Be Grateful For In Life

  • Color. The delight of bright colors, pastels, shades, and tones as opposed to a world that is only black and white.
  • Spoons. Eating cereal, ice cream, and soup with a spoon and not a fork.
  • Libraries. Enough books to feed a bookworm when your budget doesn’t allow you to buy more books.
  • A Rainy Day. Hot chocolate and a good book on a rainy day and then the joy of going outside when the sun shines again.
  • Smell Of The Ocean. The smell of the ocean makes you smile and relax; the best is falling asleep with the smell and sound of the waves.
  • Parents. Grateful for parents who love you, care for you,o and want the best in life for you.
  • Books. Books that take you places and on adventures you would never have thought of and books that open a world of discovering new things.
  • Gift. Receiving a thoughtful gift you didn’t realize you needed.
  • Hope. The ability to hope for a better tomorrow and not to lose hope.
  • Hot Day. Grateful for shade on a hot day or a cold drink after working in the yard in hot weather.
  • Destination. Thankful when you finally reach your destination after the long road trip.
  • Sports Game. Grateful to experience live an exciting sports game.
  • Air Conditioners and Heaters. Despite the extreme weather outside, your home is at a comfortable temperature.
  • Own Room. The feeling when you close your bedroom or den door for alone time and organize it the way it works for you.
  • Hobbies and Crafts. Activities that inspire creativity and help you relax while doing something you like.
  • Hand-Eye-Coordination. Bringing the fork to your mouth without hurting yourself.
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Funny Things To Be Thankful For

  • Inside Jokes. Sharing an inside joke with someone.
  • Scary Brave. Doing something that scares you and laughing because you are so scared.
  • Pajamas. Pajamas with funny slogans and pajamas with feet.
  • Bubbles. Blowing soap bubbles at any age.
  • Gum. Popping gum onto your face.
  • Stork Stories. Explaining how babies are made to someone too young to understand.
  • Toilet. Finding a toilet when you need to go in an unfamiliar environment.
  • Cookie Batter. Caught in the act of licking the last of the cookie batter.
  • Elevator Talk. Getting a response when you turn around in an elevator and start chatting to people you face.
  • Babies. Funny noises and actions babies make as if they were following the conversation.
  • Mismatched Shoes. Getting off the bus and looking down at a pair of mismatched shoes, and it’s not your feet.
  • Laughter. When you expect someone to be mad at you, but they burst out laughing.
  • Favorite Song. Hearing a favorite childhood song on the radio and the memories associated with the music.
  • Silly Posts. The effect of reading a silly post when your heart is heavy.
  • Talent Shows. Thankful to have the sense not to audition for a talent show when you don’t have the talent and watch those who think they do.

Things To Be Thankful For Thanksgiving

  • Family Traditions. You hate and love those family traditions, but you introduce your kids to them anyway.
  • Pleasant Surprise. The happy surprise is when a family member you haven’t seen for a long time arrives for Thanksgiving.
  • Thanksgiving Meal. Express gratitude for all the delicious dishes on the Thanksgiving table.
  • Togetherness. The way Thanksgiving brings the family together at one table.
  • Blessings. Thankful for all the blessings you enjoy that Thanksgiving reminds you of.
  • Harvest Bounty. A reminder of the autumn harvest and the bounty you experience in your country.
  • Peace. Thankful for the opportunity to set aside difference and be thankful together going forward.
  • Express Gratitude. Being grateful without sounding ridiculous.
  • Thankful. Being thankful for all the things we take for granted.
  • Thankful Reminder. A reminder to be thankful irrespective of the circumstances.
  • A Refreshing Nap. Taking a nap after the Thanksgiving meal without being disturbed.
  • Attending Thanksgiving Meal. Thankful for attending a Thanksgiving meal you didn’t prepare.
  • Hosts. Thankful to the host who made it possible for you to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.
  • Volunteer. Grateful to volunteer in soup kitchens or places serving food to the less fortunate.
  • Wishbone. When it’s your turn to pull the wishbone, and you’re so blessed, you have nothing to wish.
  • Thanksgiving Service. Going to the Thanksgiving Service with the entire family.

Unique Things To Be Grateful For

  • You. There is only one of you in the world.
  • Diet. Going on a diet that actually works long-term.
  • Cultures. Different cultures offer opportunities to discover other food, music, entertainment, and lifestyles.
  • Life. Life itself and the uniqueness of breath.
  • Bacteria. Friendly bacteria that helps my body function normally.
  • Failure. Learning from mistakes and how failure keeps you humble.
  • Rejection. Overcoming rejection and realizing there is life after rejection.
  • Personality. Your unique personality and the uniqueness of every person on earth.
  • Perspective. Being inspired by someone gives you a perspective of your life.
  • Stress. Solving a problem without stressing about it.
  • Create. The ability to create something beautiful that starts with ideas in your head.
  • Memories. When something unexpectantly triggers happy memories or memories of hard times that made you stronger.
  • New Things. Experiencing new things and being open to learning something new from others.
  • Rainbows. The awe when seeing all the rainbow colors clearly and the reminder of God’s covenant with humankind and the earth.
  • To-Do List. Ticking off the last item on your to-do list and adding free time as the next item.
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Deep Things to Be Grateful For

  • Freedom Of Religion. Living in a country where you can freely worship.
  • Deep Conversations. Having a deep conversation with someone and connecting at that level.
  • Spend Time. Praying, reading the Bible, and spending time with the Lord.
  • Life’s Challenges. Things life’s challenges teach you that you would never have learned otherwise.
  • Unconditional Love. Jesus’ unconditional love for paying the price for humans to receive salvation.
  • Grace And Mercy. God’s grace when giving when I don’t deserve it and His mercy for not giving me what I deserve.
  • Faith. The way faith is the constant steadiness in a shaking world.
  • Church/Spiritual Community. Likeminded people that share your beliefs.
  • Spiritual Growth. The spiritual growth journey of living a life of faith.
  • Answered Prayers. Experiencing answered prayers, even if the answer isn’t what you expected.
  • Values. Grateful for the values and beliefs your parents taught you.
  • Outside The Box. Pushed to think outside the box broadening your POV.
  • Freedom of Speech. Living in a country where you aren’t arrested for what you say or believe.
  • Child’s Honesty. The honesty of a child makes you take a step backward and realize it is the truth.
  • Goodnight Kisses. Giving and receiving goodnight kisses from loved ones.
  • Grandchildren. Time spent with your grandchildren.
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Small Things To Be Grateful For

  • Morning Coffee. Taking that first sip of coffee with half-closed eyes.
  • Laughter. When your smile becomes a chuckle, and you can’t stop laughing.
  • Toilet Paper. The convenience of having toilet paper.
  • Deodorant. Deodorant that makes you feel and smell fresh.
  • Aglets. The shoelace tips make it easy to lace shoes through the eyelets.
  • Fingernails. Imagine removing price tags or scratching someone’s back without fingernails.
  • Scissors. Opening a package, cutting string, cutting snowflakes, and all the other useful things scissors are used for.
  • Chairs. Getting up from a chair is way easier than from the floor.
  • Clean Sheets. Slipping into a made bed with cool, clean sheets.
  • Clean Water. Availability of a glass of clean water.
  • Zippers. The convenience of zippers as opposed to buttons and laces.
  • Ideas. Brainstorming ideas, even the wild, impractical ideas that may lead to new ideas to implement.
  • No. Learning to say no, because not everything should be your responsibility.
  • Well-Being. Grateful for overall well-being in mind, body, and spirit.
  • Feel Free. When you wake up the first morning of the holidays, and it dawns on you, you are free to do anything for the next couple of weeks.

Things To Be Thankful For At Work

  • Job. Being able to work and having a job that pays the bills and luxuries. 
  • Coworkers. Grateful for kind coworkers who create a happy atmosphere and those you struggle to get along with that teach you patience and endurance. 
  • Employer. A boss that appreciates you and understands that life happens. 
  • Feeback. Positive feedback motivates, but all feedback is an opportunity to help you grow and improve. 
  • Technology. Technology and software programs that save time by doing most of the work for you. You don’t have to use plastic sheets on overhead projectors for presentations or correct typewriting mistakes. 
  • Emails. Grateful for emails that quickly and effectively communicate with people in a few words.
  • Work From Home. Working from home removes the frustration of commuting to work, saves money on work clothes, and allows you to work more productively without distractions. 
  • Water Coolers. The gathering place keeps you hydrated and allows for a quick chat break to catch up on the latest news. 
  • Feel Confident. Grateful to feel confident when presenting a new idea or concept to top management.
  • Paid Holidays. Getting paid while on holiday.
  • Canceled Meetings. The unexpected extra time from a canceled meeting, the time you desperately needed to complete a task within the deadline.
  • Unexpected Bonus. An unexpected bonus you didn’t expect is enough to pay for repairs.
  • Teamwork. When a team works well together.
  • Favorite Job. Having a job you wanted at your favorite company.
  • Secure Job. Knowing your job is secure, and you don’t have to stress about losing your job.

Things To Be Thankful For At School

  • Education. Opportunity to learn so that you can pursue your dreams.
  • STEM. Exposure to science, technology, engineering, and math topics in preparation for future careers.
  • Friends. Friends who understand what you are going through and with whom have fun together.
  • Educators. Teachers who have the patience to endure and teach you what they know you need to know.
  • Sports. Trying out different sports and sticking with the sports you enjoy or are good at.
  • Experience. Experiencing life on a smaller scale than the adult world and with less responsibility.
  • Clubs. Clubs with the opportunities to exercise hobbies and interests beyond schoolwork.
  • Field Trips. Going to places and experiencing events you wouldn’t have been exposed to in any other way.
  • Weekends. When you don’t have to get up to go to school.
  • Vending Machines. Lifesavers when you missed breakfast, and you’re hungry.
  • Teachers. Teachers who don’t give you homework over a weekend.
  • Competition. That friendly competition pushes you to excel.
  • Report Card. A sound report card that shows improvement or that you passed the grade.
  • Coaches. Coaches who love what they do and inspire you to achieve your best.
  • School Uniforms. Not having to wear school uniforms or be grateful for school uniforms, so you don’t have to worry about what to wear.
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Grateful For Environment, Nature

  • Planet Earth. Created for human beings to supply all our needs to live comfortably.
  • Clean Air. Breathing in clean air daily and not heavily polluted air that causes respiratory issues.
  • Clean Water. Feel grateful for having water to drink that is clean.
  • Sunny Days. Experiencing sunshine and not only rainy days and snow.
  • Land. Living on land instead of the consistent movement of oceans.
  • Oxygen. Freely breathing in oxygen.
  • Fragrance. Earth’s smell after rain, the fragrance of flowers, the scent of the ocean.
  • Desert. The beauty of the desert and the wonder of creatures surviving in the desert.
  • Waterfalls. The charm, majesty, and power of waterfalls.
  • Nature. The peacefulness and awe nature invokes in your inner being.
  • Hiking Trails. Grateful for experiencing nature on hiking trails you couldn’t access any other way.
  • Mountain Streams. Thankful for the smell, sight, and feel of the cold mountain stream in the heat.
  • Cactus Flower. The unexpected beauty of a cactus flower in a harsh landscape.
  • Trees. Grateful for trees that provide shade on hot days, provide oxygen to breathe, and sheltered home for wildlife.
  • Creation. Grateful for the Creator who created such an amazing world for humans to discover.
  • Grass. The feel of walking with bare feet on summer grass.

Things To Be Thankful For People

  • Innovative People. The inventors and visionaries change the world because they dare to challenge what most people accept as the way it is.
  • Friendly Stranger. A friendly stranger that smiles at you or opens the door for you when your hands are full.
  • Successful People. Grateful for the inspiration and motivation when you see how successful people became successful because they followed their dream.
  • Comedians. Comedians who tell hilarious clean jokes.
  • Support Groups. Keeping you accountable and supporting you when you need it the most.
  • Good Neighbors. Neighbors who always have that cup of sugar you need to borrow and who watch out for you.
  • Good Stranger. That stranger who stopped to help you change the tire.
  • Appreciate Others. People who don’t take for granted what others do for them but appreciate the effort.
  • Kindness. That single person’s kindness when everyone else walked by.
  • Helping Hand. When the world spins, you will faint, but someone catches you before you hit the ground.
  • Mother-In Law. She bore and raised your spouse.
  • Aunts And Uncles. Eccentric ones who brighten family gatherings and those who understand because they grew up with your parents.
  • Stand-In Parents. People who give you advice and guide you the same way your parents would if they were nearby.
  • Potential Identifiers. Educators and leaders who see your potential even when you don’t.
  • Support System. The people at work, home, or school help you through the most challenging moments in life.
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Health Gratitude List

  • Hair And Nails. Hair on your head to wash and nails to trim.
  • Sleep. Waking refreshed after a good night’s sleep.
  • Awake. Being awake and alert during the day.
  • Healthy Organs. The heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, and other organs in the body are healthy and functioning as they should.
  • Mind. Cherish the ability to use your mind to think, remember, and solve problems.
  • Disease. A body without any illnesses or conditions that could negatively impact the quality of life.
  • Senses. Ability to see, hear, touch, smell, and speak.
  • Healing. The body heals and restores from trauma, illness, or accident.
  • Lifestyle. The opportunity to eat, exercise, and overall have a healthy lifestyle.
  • Mental Health. A healthy mental attitude and mind as you grow older or recover from mental health issues.
  • Good Health. Having good health after feeling sick can make us realize how lucky we are.
  • Immune System. Protecting your body against harmful viruses and bacteria.
  • Heart. Grateful for your healthy heart pumping blood to your entire body.
  • Arms And Legs. Arms and legs to grab, hold, and take you where you need to go.
  • Hormones. Grateful for hormones that control your heart rate, reproduction, and sleep cycles.

Food Gratitude List

  • Food. Opening the cupboard or refrigerator and having various food choices, not everyone has food to eat. 
  • Variety. The variety in taste, texture, shapes and cooking methods entice your tastebuds into a delicious experience. 
  • Fruits And Vegetables. The healthy nutrients fruits and vegetables supply keep you healthy.
  • Juicy Fruit. The explosion of taste and the fruit juice flowing down your chin make everything sticky.
  • Snacks. The pleasure of enjoying snacks, healthy snacks like nuts, and not-so-healthy snacks too.
  • Ice Cream. Going to your favorite ice cream parlor or having vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce for dessert. 
  • Spices and Herbs. Cooking with herbs and spices for richly flavored meals. 
  • New Food. Discovering a new food or ingredient.
  • Favorite Food. When your favorite meal is on the menu. 
  • Special Occasions. Thanksgiving dinners, birthday parties, Christmas dinners, and other special occasions families celebrate together.
  • Fancy Meal. Eating out or a meal someone prepared specially for you.
  • Good Meal. Relaxing after a good meal.
  • Food Delivery. Ordering takeout when you get home late, tired, and nobody cooked dinner.
  • Warm Pizza. When your takeout pizza is still warm when delivered.
  • Salt and Pepper. A little salt brings out the flavor.
  • Onion. How do you cook without onions!
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Relationships Gratitude List

  • Relationships. Thankful and appreciate the awesome family, friends, and loved ones you do have.
  • Hug. When someone hugs you when you need it the most.
  • Trust. Knowing you can trust your partner completely.
  • Skills. Skills and talents your partner has that you don’t have and complements yours.
  • Date Night. Spending quality time together, just the two of you.
  • Intimacy. Those special intimate moments cement your love for each other.
  • Understanding. Understanding the other person’s mood or feelings without them saying a word.
  • Sharing. Having someone to share the happy, sad, fun, and challenging times.
  • Romantic Feelings. Those sweet romantic feelings and emotions when you see them unexpectantly.
  • One Person. Connecting with that one person in the world that just gets you.
  • Commitment. Staying committed to your important people in your life – even during the hard times.
  • Future. Building a future with a loved one.
  • In Love. Grateful for being in love with someone and finding out the feeling is mutual.
  • Waking Up. Grateful to wake up next to the person you love, knowing they are safe and with you.
  • Eye Contact. Eye contact across the room and coming to your rescue.

Inventions Gratitude List

  • Dishwasher. Not having to wash dishes, especially after a party or family dinner.
  • Fridge. Keeping things cool and fresh on the hottest summer day.
  • Cellphones. How did we get along without chatting to friends all day long?
  • Faucets. Water is instantly available, and no need to walk miles to a well or river.
  • Braces. Transforming those crooked teeth into a beautiful smile.
  • Gears. Imagine the world without gears; how will an egg beater, clocks, helicopters, or robotics work.
  • Apps. The delight of discovering a new app that improves your life or saves you time.
  • Microwave. Heating food when you are starving and don’t have time to cook.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspots. The convenience of accessing the internet at wifi-hotspots.
  • Electricity. Candles are fun, but reading by candlelight isn’t.
  • Transport. Cars, planes, and trains get you quickly to your destination.
  • Alarm Clocks. Not having to worry that you won’t wake up in time for the important meeting.
  • Computers. Imagine doing everything by hand.
  • Modern Medicine. Many people are alive because of the advance in modern medicine.
  • Oven. The aroma when mom opens the oven to take out the cookies; you need an oven for lasagne.
  • Wheel. Imagine if the wheel was never invented.

Financial Gratitude List

  • Debt Free. Knowing you don’t owe anyone a cent.
  • Final Payment. Paying the last installment on a house, a car, or a large debt.
  • Piggy Bank. When your piggy bank is full.
  • Savings Account. When you have money in your savings account.
  • Budget. Living within the budget and having money over at the end of the month.
  • Student Loan. There’s no better feeling than making that final payment on your student loan.
  • Donate Money. Opportunities to donate money to worthy causes.
  • Paid Bills. Ability to pay the bills and not fall behind.
  • Credit Cards. The convenience of buying something without having to draw cash.
  • Virtual Cards. When you leave your wallet at home, and you can still pay for the meal.
  • Earn Money. Grateful to earn money by doing something you enjoy.
  • Investments. An investment where your money grows over time.
  • Good Retirement. Knowing your pension will sustain you when you retire.
  • Spending Money. Spending money on that one thing, you don’t need but desperately desire.
  • Online Banking. You don’t have to stand in a long queue at the bank queue every time you want to complete a financial transaction.

Gratitude List Of Occupations

  • Farmers. Without them, we will have to hunt for food.
  • Doctors. Diagnosing illness and treating patients back to health.
  • Nurses. Their compassion and patience with frustrated patients.
  • Caregivers. Looking after the elderly and those who need assistance.
  • Maintenance Workers. Working behind the scenes repairing and maintaining equipment for your convenience.
  • Military And Law Enforcement. Soldiers and law enforcement personnel who put their life on the line to keep you safe.
  • Firefighters. They risk their lives to put out fires they didn’t cause to keep you and your home safe.
  • Writers. Without writers to write the content, there won’t be anything to read, no stories, blog posts, guidebooks, instruction manuals, or sales pages.
  • Truck Drivers. They spend hours on the road, sometimes weeks away from their family, to transport goods.
  • Artists. The world would be very drab without the artists stimulating your sense of beauty.
  • Dentists. Removing the excruciating pain from a toothache and ensuring you have teeth for chewing food.
  • Veterinarians. Vets who don’t mind that you cry because your pet has to stay overnight.
  • Customer Service. Customer service workers who like their job and are friendly and helpful.
  • Road Workers. Maintaining the roads for you to drive safely.
  • Undertakers. Grateful for preparing the bodies and arranging the funeral or cremation with compassion.

Animals Gratitude List

  • Pets. Pets don’t judge, always appreciate the attention, and are always ready to give and receive love when you feel lonely or sad. 
  • Walking The Dog. You exercise in a casual way that doesn’t feel like exercise.
  • Birds. Chirping birds in the morning is a cheerful way to start the day. 
  • Bees. Bees are natural pollinators and vital to the ecosystem.
  • Squirrels. Trees grow from nuts, squirrels buried, and forget about it.
  • Parrot. A back-chatting parrot that says something so inappropriate it’s funny.
  •  Puppies. The way puppies smell, their puppy breath, and wrinkled paws.
  • Snakes And Mice. Finding the escaped pet before your mom does.
  • Cats. Cats who catch the mice before they come into your home.
  • Long Day. Your pet-welcoming you after a long day as if they haven’t seen you for years.
  • Baby Animals. The emotions baby animals evoke; they are all cute, and you just want to cuddle them. The awe when they take that first steps.
  • Birds. Birds provide natural pest control; insect-eating birds protect orchards.
  • Octopus. Octopi are natural recyclers using waste for shelters.
  • Elephants. Elephants supply water by digging with their tusks for water in dry seasons.
  • Beavers. Beavers are ecosystem regulators by reducing floods and preserving fish populations with their gnawing and dam-building abilities.

Wardrobe Gratitude List

  • Clothes That Fit. Wearing clothes that is your size and your style. 
  • T-shirts. The comfortable go-to for almost any situation and blends with most of your wardrobe. 
  • Socks. Different types of socks for all occasions, keeping feet warm, blister-free, fashion statement, and fun socks to make you smile. 
  •  Undergarments. Comfortable undergarments relax the body and let clothes look good on you. 
  • Hats and Gloves. Hats and gloves protect your skin against heat, cold, harmful things like pesticides and blisters. 
  • Seasonal Clothes. Clothes that keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. 
  • Dressing Up or Down. A wardrobe that has an outfit for all occasions, from formal to work to casual. 
  • Power Clothes. Clothes to wear when you want to make a statement or need that extra confidence.
  • Clean Clothes. Finding clean clothes even when you forgot to do the laundry.
  • Perfect Outfit. When you look in the mirror, and you know you look good.
  • Sneakers. A pair of sneakers you can wear with multiple outfits.
  • Comfortable Footwear. Comfortable dress shoes or work boots that cushion your feet for hours and hours.
  • Pockets. Thankful for clothes with pockets to hold a breath mint, handkerchief, or keys.
  • Scarves. To keep my neck warm and that final touch the outfit needed.
  • Sports Gear. Clothes designed for a particular sport to protect athletes and help them achieve their best.

Things To Be Thankful For Friends

  • Karaoke. Friends inspire you to sing karaoke and then join you for more embarrassing moments.
  • Social Media. The friend who likes and comments on all your posts.
  • BFF. Your best friend will always be there for you.
  • Honesty. Friends’ honesty sometimes hurts but makes you a better person and puts things in perspective.
  • Happy Moments. Thankful for sharing happy moments with friends.
  • Hair And Makeup. The friend who knows just how to do your hair and makeup for that special date.
  • Friday Nights. Going out with friends on a Friday night and having fun.
  • Having Friends. Grateful for friends who stay loyal; not everyone has that privilege.
  • Positive Impact. Thankful for friends who have a positive impact on your life.
  • Happiness. Sharing your happiness without feeling jealous.
  • Shoulder To Cry On. A friend’s shoulder to cry on and encouragement prompts you to go on a date again despite failed relationships.
  • Meeting Halfway. Meeting you halfway when you disagree so that nobody is forced to give in completely.
  • Talking About It. Not afraid to talk about the elephant in the room.
  • Compliments. Always ready with compliments and meaning them too.
  • Be Wrong. Willing to be wrong until you realize you were wrong and your friend was right.

Gratitude List For Family Traditions

  • Grandparents. Traditions handed down from your grandparents for those big things that the entire clan celebrates.
  • Storytelling. Bedtime stories or telling stories around the campfire.
  • Christmas Tree. Finding the perfect Christmas tree and every family member helps to decorate it.
  • Elf On The Shelf. Hunting for the Elf each morning or being the adult that moves the Elf at night.
  • Family Dinner. The conversation around the dinner table when all the family members are present.
  • Movie Night. When you get to choose the movie.
  • Baking Cookies. Baking cookies for the holidays with grandma or mom.
  • Thanksgiving Dinners. The food, the conversation, the laughs, being thankful, and all the family dramas.
  • Holidays. Going home for the holidays and finding your room is still yours.
  • Unique Traditions. Traditions that are unique to your family you will pass down to your kids despite calling them silly.
  • Yard Games. Playing yard games like touch football, cricket, or baseball with siblings, nieces, and nephews.
  • Special Dates. Those special bonding moments when it’s just you and a parent on a date.
  • Sayings. Quotes, expressions, and inside jokes only you and your family members understand.
  • Games Night. Fun nights playing board games and parents allowing kids to win.
  • Christmas. Family traditions define Christmas for you.

Pandemic Gratitude List

  • Pause. Halting the busyness of life allows you to notice the world around you and appreciate your life, family, friends, and environment.
  • Blessed. Not being able to buy, do, or go as expected, made you realize how blessed you are with what you have.
  • Appreciation. Appreciating the small things you took for granted.
  • Reclaiming Time. Extra time with your loved ones; spending time with each other, having meaningful conversations. 
  • Unexpected Break. An unexpected break from a busy life when you never had time for the good things in life
  • Saving Money. Learning the value of money and not overspending. 
  • Online Shopping. Discovering the convenience and thrill of online shopping.
  • Deliveries. Discovering the thrill of deliveries at your door instead of shopping in rush hour.
  • Receiving Packages. Reliving the childhood thrill of opening a package or present.
  • Sunrise and Sunset. Watching the sun rising or setting from your lounge with a cup of coffee instead of glimpsing it in traffic or missing it totally because you were working. 
  • Better Budget. Learning again to stay within the budget and buy what you need, not just what you want. 
  • Appreciate Teachers. Realizing how committed teachers are when teaching your kids.
  • Supportive Schools. How schools adjusted to ensure students continued to receive their education.
  • Patience. Being patient and tolerant when you forget your masks or the discomfort of wearing the masks frustrates you.
  • Prioritize. Prioritizing the essential things in your life.
  • Quiet Time. More time for prayer.

Unexpected Things To Be Grateful For

  • Unexpected $10. Finding a $10 or $20 bill unexpectantly.
  • Friendly Driver. A driver who lets you pass in front of them in peak hour traffic.
  • Surprise Visit. A surprise visit from a loved one who lives far, and you didn’t expect to see them before Christmas.
  • Pleasant Surprise. Surprising someone or being the recipient of a surprise.
  • Born In This Time. Born for a time like this that no other generation has ever experienced.
  • Age. No matter how old or you are, each decade has its benefits.
  • Good Cry. When you can let go and cry your heart out until it’s all out of your system.
  • Unexpected Blessing. Seeing something positive in the most desperate situations.
  • Long Weekends. A public holiday in the middle of the week or a long weekend that feels like a mini-holiday.
  • Sleep-In. When the alarm doesn’t go off, and you realize it’s the weekend, you can sleep as late as you want.
  • Single Day. Completing a project in a single day that you thought would take a couple of days.
  • Sore Muscles. Grateful for sore muscles as evidence of having exercises and the first steps getting your body into shape.
  • Time To Relax. Time to relax and enjoy the holiday.
  • Shooting Star. Witnessing a comet or shooting star.
  • Digital Camera. The sheer pleasure of snapping pics as many as you like without running out of film.

Daily Gratitude Practice List

  • Waking Up. The ability to wake up to a new day.
  • Hot Shower. A hot shower or bath early in the morning or on a cold day.
  • Breakfast. Starting the day on a full stomach.
  • Lights. Switching lights on when it gets dark.
  • Shave. The perfect shave without nicking yourself.
  • Fresh Air. Breathing in the fresh air.
  • Few Minutes. A few minutes alone time before the kids wake up.
  • Night Sky. Feeling grateful to look up into the night sky and see the moon and stars.
  • Coffee or Tea. A warm cup of coffee or tea after a long day.
  • Roof and Floor. A roof above your head and a tiled or carpeted floor to walk on.
  • Bed. A bed to sleep in.
  • Indoor Plumbing. You don’t have to go to the outhouse in the middle of a cold night.
  • Sunday Mornings. Sunday mornings feel different than other days of the week; going to church and having the entire day of relaxation ahead of you.
  • Windows. Allowing you to see outside and fresh air and light into the house.
  • Home. Having a roof over your head at night and separate rooms for sleeping, eating and relaxing.

Practicing Gratitude List When You Don’t Feel Like It

  • Say Thank You. Verbally thank the janitor or grocery store clerk who keep offices clean and shelves stocked for your convenience.
  • Appreciate Family. Find ways to show family members you appreciate them; many people don’t have a family.
  • Unexpected Tip. Leave a tip for the mailman or delivery people who bring items to your front door so that you don’t have to fetch them.
  • Social Media. Thankful for having a social media platform to communicate. Use it to show gratitude and write positive posts.
  • Smile. You have a smile that can brighten someone’s day, use it.
  • Laugh. To laugh is s a nice feeling, and laughter leads to happiness and joy. Even pretending to laugh will cause you to start laughing just because of the ridiculousness of it. Laughter reduces stress; you can’t laugh with joy and stress simultaneously.
  • Emotions. Thankful for having feelings to express yourself, use them with care; be grateful that you can change negative emotions to positive emotions.
  • Gratitude Journal. Thankful for a gratitude journal to start practicing gratitude by being grateful for you can write.
  • Practice Gratitude. Grateful for the small things in your own life like having arms and legs, a place to sleep, food to eat; not everyone has it.
  • Thankful List. Start making a list of a few things you are grateful for despite the circumstances.
  • Thank You, Notes. Write thank-you notes to people you are grateful for what they have done for you, your family, or your community.
  • Find Gratitude. Thankful for a positive mindset, if not yours, then good friends who will always find gratitude in the most unlikely places.
  • Kindness. Expressing kindness to someone you think doesn’t deserve it.

Bonus: Leap Year. Grateful for all the silly ideas people have using leap year as the excuse.

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