Happiness comes more easily when we’re conscious about expressing gratitude in our daily lives. After all, it is not happy people who are thankful; it is thankful people who are happy. Here are ten things I’m sure many of us can be thankful for today.
Gratitude is not a practice to save for a special occasion; it’s a way of approaching life.
Life is good and beautiful. Sometimes it’s hard to see past the struggle that’s right in front of us, this I know. Yet if you make gratitude a priority in your life, and you will find it easier to see the good that’s all around.
Here are ten simple reminders that will ground you in the truth that you really are pretty blessed to be alive right now.
10 Things to Be Thankful for Today
1. The positive people in your life.
Cherish the ones who cheer you on through the good times and lift you up during the bad times. If you need more supportive people in your life, seek them out. Consciously surround yourself with good friends and loving family members.
Reach for the energy you’d like to live in, and remember that your optimism is a magnet, too.
2. Food on your plate and clean drinking water.
Lots of people around the world are faced with situations much more dire than mine and yours. Their problems may actually mean life or death today. Be grateful that you are able to eat and drink without much second thought. If you can, do something to help others in need.
Whether you donate food, money, clothing, time, or something else, the smallest acts of kindness can go quite far.
3. You are reading this.
Are you reading this on your computer, or your cell phone? Give thanks, for that in itself is a gift! The ability to read is also a gift. We’re so blessed to be able to break down barriers of time and space in order to communicate with one another. It’s really pretty amazing.
4. Good conversations.
You know those real, good, deep conversations about life with open-minded people? Those are great. I love having conversations with real depth and meaning, without judgment and defensiveness.
Learn to value (if you don’t already) conversations with your fellow human beings. You can learn a lot about yourself, others, and this world simply by talking with someone else.
5. Shelter and comfort.
If you have a roof over your head, warmth in your home, a place to sleep, a place to shower, shoes on your feet, clothing, a means of transportation… You have more than enough.
Right now, you are blessed with things that make your life more comfortable and enjoyable, things worthy of your enjoyment and your gratitude.
6. Change and diversity.
If everyone and everything was always the same, life would be pretty darn boring. Let the changing seasons remind you that there is beauty in being different, in letting things go, in not having to stay stuck in one mindset, and in welcoming new experiences and meeting new people with differing views.
There’s a certain richness to this life because we’re all unique expressions of the same source.
In any moment that life seems too difficult to bear, it’s enlightening to know that this too shall pass.
Plain and simple, this world is amazing. The fact that we are living creatures roaming this earth is a blessing and a miracle. Every season brings a new view to appreciate. Every sunrise is a fresh start, and every sunset is a chance to reflect. The falling leaves teach grace and perspective, while the mountains urge us to keep rising.
Nature is a wise teacher if we stop to listen to her, if we stop just to look and listen, for just a moment.
8. You can always choose to think differently.
We are each responsible for our own sense of happiness, inner peace, commitment to growth, and the way we go about living our lives. This is a very good thing! Though it’s easy to get distracted by outside influences, you are ultimately responsible for your internal state of being.
It’s not always easy to choose happiness over stress, peace over anxiety, or forgiveness over bitterness. The good news is that IT IS POSSIBLE. When you realize this, you can take your power back, and your life. If you change your mind, consider it a miracle.
9. You have made it this far.
You have probably had a lot of obstacles along the way. It’s likely you’ve had your fair share of pain, grief, heartache, and doubt. You’ve probably made mistakes. What a relief to know that you’re never alone in this human journey.
Express gratitude for being alive and well enough to be reading this right now. Your mistakes have taught you valuable lessons. The pain of loss taught you of the light. You have stumbled, but you have gotten back up again. You have remained committed to living this life as only you can.
10. Good feelings.
Sure, it’s inevitable that negative feelings will creep into your life at times, but don’t let that make you forget about the good moments. Positive emotions are here for a reason (to help us broaden and build our capacity to thrive, for instance), and they are part of authentic happiness.
Learn to savor the good times and the emotions that come with them. Be thankful for the small pleasures in life, and remember that the darkest times are bound to pass, too.
If you need inspiration to get grateful, read these 7 reminders.
- What and who are you grateful for today?
- When it’s hard to be thankful, how do you motivate yourself to give thanks?
- What gratitude practices do you use to feel better about the past, happier in the present, and more hopeful about the future?
Please share your thoughts, thanks, precious lessons learned in living life to the fullest, personal gratitude practices, and inspiring or healing stories with me in the comments.
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Be thankful, on purpose.