200 Things to Be Thankful For (Ideas for Improving your Life with Gratitude)
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We all take pause to be thankful for the big things in life:
- The birth of a child
- A big promotion at work
- Buying your first home.
- Christmas, Thanksgiving or other special days with loved ones.
Most people don’t take the time to think about the small things they encounter in life. The things that should fill their lives with joy and happiness on a daily basis.
This list of things to be thankful for is all about remembering those small things.
- Increases our personal happiness.
- Helps us sleep better.
- Increases our success at work.
- Improves our relationships.
- Makes you healthier.
- Increases your energy.
- Helps us relax.
- Helps you live longer.
And these gratitude benefits are just the beginning. Check out this massive, well researched article on the 31 benefits of gratitude. See all the ways being thankful/grateful in life can improve your life. Each item on this page is well researched and backed by science.
In this post we are going to focus on those small things in life (and a few of the bigger ones) that are often overlooked.
The things that should fill our heart with gratitude but are all to often taken for granted.
To keep this massive list of things to be thankful for under control. I have chosen to break this list into 4 sections of 50 things to be grateful for.
Between each section we will give you a fun quote about thankfulness and say a few words on the topic of gratitude.
Sidebar: If you'd like to learn more about creating more thankfulness in your life and practicing daily gratitude, then I suggest checking out this 90-day gratitude journal.
Without further ado let’s get started...
50 Things to Be Thankful For
- A new book
- Food on the table
- The ability to learn something new
- The kindness of strangers
- A warm campfire on a cold night camping
- Feeling of acceptance
- The beauty of a work of art that moves you
- Making a final payment on a loan
- A nice hot shower
- Healthy foods
- Equality and diversity
- The voice of a friend or relative you have not seen in a long time.
- The ability to work from home -in your pajamas
- A beautiful sunrise
- The sound of a song you love
- Simply relaxing and playing a board game with friends or family
- Catching up with your favorite blog
- Having a personal routine that helps you accomplish tasks efficiently
- The smell of freshly baked cookies
- Creating a gift for a family member with your own two hands. (crochet, woodworking, art etc.)
- Access to the medication you need to stay healthy.
- Free time on your “to do” list
- A hot cup of tea
- A home that is free of clutter
- The sincere appreciation of others
- A movie that makes you laugh
- The mother who gave you life, nurtured you, loved you, taught you and supported you.
- Seeing your favorite band in concert
- An ice cold beer after a hot day working in the yard.
- Questions in emails that can be resolved in a single sentence.
- New clothes
- The joy of rewarding yourself after completing a difficult task.
- The values handed down to you from your parents
- Love that lasts a lifetime
- A really comfortable chair
- Realizing it has been YEARS since you have wanted a cigarette
- Knowing how to make a budget - and sticking to it!
- Visiting an amusement park.
- Snow days
- Respect from others
- Dancing for the pure joy of life
- Someone enjoying your writing/art/creativity
- Supportive parents
- Thank you notes
Thinking of 200 things to be thankful for is a tough thing to do off the top of your head. I couldn’t do it, alone. So, I sent an email out to some of my subscribers to try to crowdsource the things people are thankful for.
The replies were many and generous. I want to thank everyone for their input.
There were over two thousand total ideas people sent. Many ideas recurred. Many were close to other ideas. But I appreciate all the inputs and I could not have made this post without all this great input.
So, Thank YOU! I am grateful for all the help I received from you all!
50 More Reasons to Feel Gratitude
- The memories of your favorite moment
- A job with a view
- Your family
- The sense of accomplishment when you complete a difficult task
- The ability to complete a bucket list.
- The feeling of uncontrollable laughter.
- Ted talks
- Being pushed to “think outside the box”
- A massage
- Teachers who spent the extra time to give you the knowledge you have today
- Taking a morning walk
- Bathing in a nice warm hot tub or thermal spring.
- Fuzzy socks
- Your dog or cat snuggling with you when you feel bad
- Having easy access to clean drinking water
- The ability to spend time on a hobby you love.
- Enjoying an episode of your favorite TV show.
- The ability to learn from your mistakes.
- A stranger opening the door for you when your hands are full
- The fresh smell of clean sheets
- Freedom of speech.
- Coloring to relieve stress
- A colorful sunset
- The honesty of a child
- Happy people who make us happier simply by their presence
- The feeling of accomplishment when you stop procrastinating and complete the task you have been avoiding
- Memories of your first kiss.
- Enjoying a movie marathon
- The freedom of choice
- Internal strength
- A child’s face after they get a present.
- Foreign cultures we can visit and learn from
- Meeting up with your friends for lunch
- New car smell.
- Being accountable for your actions
- Trying new things. (even if it is simple – like a new cup of coffee)
- Old photographs
- Technology - for allowing us to stay closely connected with friends and family regardless of distance
- The safe landing of a plane after a rough ride
- Visiting new places
What Can You Do with this Gratitude List?
A gratitude list like this is nice, but what can it really do for you?
This list can be used at a time like Thanksgiving, when we all stop and think about all the things we should be thankful for. But how about for the rest of the year?
The answer is that by itself it does little. But if it helps inspire you to create your own gratitude list, it can be quite valuable.
Earlier I mentioned the many benefits of gratitude and how it can improve your life.
Gratitude can transform you. It can pull you from the vortex of negativity that is sucking the life out of you and give you a renewed sense of purpose and joy.
One of the best ways to practice gratitude is by journaling. At its simplest form this gratitude journaling is taking time out, every day to think about (and write down) things that you are grateful for.
It can be as simple as writing three things you are grateful for on post-it notes every single day. Or a bit more formal and guided, like using our 90 day gratitude journal.
I discussed the advantages of gratitude earlier.
Simply taking time everyday to think about and write out the things you are grateful for is one of the biggest ways to improve your happiness and overall quality of life.
Let’s face it, you are probably not going to double your income in the next year, and even if you could, studies show that above a family income of $75,000 per year money has ZERO effect on happiness.
So if getting ahead at work and making more money will not make you happier, what will?
The answer, of course, is thankfulness and gratitude.
So I highly encourage you to make a habit out of making a habit out of daily gratitude journaling. It doesn’t matter if you write it on yellow stickies, add it to an existing bullet journal, or use our book as a framework. Spending daily time thinking about gratitude will improve your life in a way few other things can.So hopefully you can use this thankfulness list as a idea generator for creating your own daily ideas of things you are grateful for. Write them down every day and make it a habit.
Another 50 Reasons to Be Thankful
- Home cooked meals
- The pride of owning a home.
- The first flower of Spring
- Having a morning routine that gives you energy throughout your day.
- The weekend
- Happy memories from your childhood
- A unseasonably warm winter day
- Long drives listening to a great podcast or audiobook
- Real honesty
- People who care about (the environment, human rights, animals, etc.)
- Your car after it has been cleaned and detailed
- Getting a facial
- Being forgiven for my mistakes
- Finding unexpected money in your pockets
- Sitting down for dinner time with family
- The fresh smell of a Christmas tree
- The snooze button
- A sibling who listens to your problems without judgement
- Acting like a kid again
- Sharing a smile with a stranger
- Overcoming fears
- Fall when the leaves change color
- Going for a swim
- People who go out of their way to try to make us happy
- Clean air
- Dreamers who never give up
- The ocean
- Fresh healthy smoothies
- Good hair days
- Uncontrollable laughter
- Having a mental health day
- The heavy ozone scent right before and after a thunderstorm
- Driving and getting nothing but green lights
- Cell phones
- Having a night in a fancy hotel
- A warm cup of coffee
- Doing something spontaneous
- Getting your most important task completed early
- Cheering for your favorite team
- Having a picnic with your family
- Wearing something that makes your feel confident
- Wearing a pair of comfortable shoes
- Getting positive feedback from others
Thankfulness Vs Gratitude: what’s the Difference
In this post we use the terms thankfulness and gratitude interchangeability. But are they really the same thing? What are the differences between being thankful and being grateful?
The differences are actually minor, but I do think there are differences.
Thankfulness is in the moment. Gratitude is lasting.
When someone opens the door for you when you hands are full, you are thankful. You appreciate the action, but it is quickly forgotten.
On the other hand, when you are grateful it is a feeling that should last. You may not have true gratitude toward a single person opening the door, but you could feel a gratitude toward all of the people as a group who politely take the time to think of others and open doors.
Like the ‘being thankful’ quotes on this page? Why not check out this larger list of gratitude quotes.
A Final 50 Things to Be Thankful For
- Having a roof over your head
- Doing work that matters
- Power naps
- Discussing old time times with an old friend
- Participating in a hobby you enjoy
- Funny Youtube videos
- Having the ability to read
- Good friends
- Quirky family traditions
- Craft beer
- Freedom of speech
- The convenience of Amazon shopping
- Feeling inspired
- Laughing so hard it makes you cry
- Healthy children
- Forgiving others
- The perfect playlist
- The smell of lavender
- My Fitbit pedometer
- Peace of mind
- The success I have achieved
- Money in the bank
- Family vacations
- Good health
- Time to practice mindfulness
- The amazing scale of the universe
- Flying a kite
- Hearing good news
- Lists and organization
- Refreshing herbal teas
- Air conditioning
- Hiking trails
- Sincere apologies
- Honest conversations
- Showers with strong water pressure
- Walking on the beach
- Quiet time
- Free Wifi
- Overcoming anxieties
- Farmers markets
- Books so awesome they keep you up all night reading
- Apple pie
- Feeling like a kid again
- The billions of stars on a clear night sky
- Remembering the people I have loved
- People sharing your stuff on social media
A final word on gratitude and thankfulness
I hope you enjoyed this list of things to be thankful for.
Hopefully you will consider making a list of your own. Writing out your personal feelings of gratitude on a daily basis can do quite a bit to improve your life. Hopefully you will consider journaling your gratitude feelings every day.
Remember that being thankful/grateful is not just something for Thanksgiving, but something that should be practiced every day of your life. Realizing the blessings that abound in your life will make you happier and healthier.
If you enjoyed this list of thankfulness ideas, I hope you will consider sharing it. Pin it. Tweet it. Email it.
It will be appreciated and I will be thankful!
Finally, if you'd like to learn more about creating more thankfulness in your life and practicing daily gratitude, then I suggest checking out this 90-day gratitude journal.