Thanksgiving marks the perfect time to reflect and remember the many things you’re grateful for. If you haven’t started your gratitude list yet, here are some little things to be thankful for this time of the year.
55 Small Things to Be Thankful For Thanksgiving
1. Waking Up Today
Waking up means you have another chance to contribute something meaningful to the world. That alone deserves a load of gratitude.
2. Being Able to Read
If you can read this article, you already have two things to be thankful for.
3. Quality Family Time
Every moment you spend with your family counts. This gratitude applies whether this is the family you were born into or the one you chose.
4. Good Friends
Good friends are there for you in good times and bad. When it comes to friendships, quality matters more over quantity.
5. A Romantic Partner
A romantic relationship teaches you many things about yourself, whether good or bad.
6. Your Pets’ Unconditional Love
There’s no one who can teach unconditional love better than pets.
7. Money in the Your Wallet and Bank Account
Even just a bit of cash in your wallet or bank account gives you the capacity to buy things that give you joy and a safety net to depend on.
8. Your Health
Your health may fail you from time to time, but having good health and being able to manage any conditions you have is one of the things to be thankful for.
9. Religious Freedom
Not everyone gets the freedom to shape their beliefs the way they want to. Having the choice to freely practice your religious or spiritual beliefs is something to be thankful for.
Weekends give you the time to rest and reboot after a long week working the daily grind.
11. Learning from Mistakes
If you don’t fail or make mistakes, you won’t learn as much as you do at this moment. Every mistake is something to be thankful for.
12. Getting an Education
The chance to go to school and get an education is a privilege not many people have. Regardless of how far you’ve come in your education, having the privilege to learn in an educational institution is something to be grateful for.
13. A Roof Over Your Head
No matter what kind of shelter you live in, having a place you can call home and can protect you from the elements is one thing to be grateful for.
14. Breathing Fresh Air
Due to the various effects of climate change, even fresh air is a precious commodity in this day and age. This is the sad reality, so the fact that there’s fresh air left for you to breathe is something to be thankful for.
15. Sleeping on a Bed
It’s easy to take your bed for granted unless you’ve experienced not having one to sleep on after a long day.
16. The Sound of Laughter
As people say, laughter is the best medicine. It lightens the mood and heals you both inside and out.
17. Feeling Safe
A life lived in fear isn’t a good way to live. There are many things to be thankful for when you’re in a safe environment and free to move as you please.
18. Cars (or Public Transport)
Cars shorten the time it takes to get you from Point A to Point B. If you don’t have a car, extend this gratitude to your public transport system.
19. The Sun, Moon, and Stars
The sun not only brightens your day ahead, but gives you a regular dose of Vitamin D. The moon and the stars, on the other hand, guide your path and encourage you to hope and dream.
20. The Gift of Time
There are only 24 hours in a day. Consider every second you’re on this earth a gift.
21. Clean, Running Water
Like fresh air, water is also becoming a commodity in this day and age. Be thankful you still have clean, running water because it brings a lot of convenience, protects you from illnesses, and is crucial for survival.
22. Cell Phones and the Internet
The Internet and cell phones make it much easier to communicate with people no matter how far the distance is. They also provide information just at the touch of a finger.
23. The Power of Love
Gratitude leads to love, and love serves as a bridge with other people connecting you in a deeper, more meaningful way.
24. Reading Books
Reading books opens you to new perspectives and portals to other worlds without having to be there physically.
25. Random Acts of Kindness
Random acts of kindness from strangers show you how humanity doesn’t always have to be a dark place. It shows there are people who simply do good things without any ulterior motives.
26. Sitting by the Campfire
Campfires create many things: roasted marshmallows, warmth during cold nights, and lots of memorable experiences.
Pain, while not the most comfortable thing in the world, tells you when to stop if you’ve overextended yourself. It allows you to be vulnerable when your mind tells you not to be.
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28. Music and the Arts
Music and art in all forms speak when words can’t. They help connect people and bring out the best in everyone.
29. The Holidays
Any day that calls for a celebration is always something to be thankful for.
30. Freedom of Speech
In a world where people get silenced for speaking out about what they believe in, moments of this freedom becomes more and more precious.
There’s always a rainbow after a rainy day.
A single tear expresses feelings much better than many words can. They can provide a release and a sense of relief when emotions overwhelm you.
33. Wisdom and Experience
There’s a special type of wisdom you can only get with age and experience.
34. Mother Nature
Nature’s gifts adorn the earth and provide lots of recreation and sustenance.
35. Your Eyesight
Your eyes allow you to see the world in its full glory.
36. Your Hearing
There’s nothing more beautiful than hearing a loved one’s voice or a piece of beautiful music.
37. Your Mind
Your mind can do so many things: it can think of new ideas, remember old memories, and solve many problems.
38. The Grocery Store
The nearest grocery store provides all the food and other household items you need in one convenient place. No need to DIY everything if you don’t want to.
39. Sunrises and Sunsets
Be thankful for the sunrises and sunsets that signal the start of new chapters in your day.
40. Recreation and Entertainment
All work and no play makes your life one dull moment after another.
41. Being Employed
Regardless of how you feel about your job, co-workers, or boss, being employed means someone saw your value in the workplace. Your job also gives you the money to buy things you need and want.
Diversity brings different perspectives and backgrounds to the table and makes the world an interesting place. Without diversity, everyone walks, talks, and thinks the same.
Electricity powers a lot of tools and conveniences found in modern living.
44. Air Conditioning
There’s no easier way to stay cool on hot summer days than staying in an air-conditioned room.
Seeing children’s innocence and wide-eyed wonder teaches you to shackle your boundaries and experience things with fresh eyes.
46. Learning New Things
Being able to learn something new every day not only keeps your mind sharp, but also helps you learn what you’re really capable of.
47. Teachers and Mentors
It’s an honor to learn from people who are willing to share their time and experience so you can learn from their skills and mistakes.
Water makes up 71% of the Earth’s surface and is required for many things on this planet to survive and thrive. For that reason alone, there are many things to be thankful for about water.
Advances in medicine, especially vaccines, prevent a lot of diseases that would’ve killed you in the past.
50. Innovators, Movers, and Shakers
A lot of the world’s inventions and innovations wouldn’t be here without the inventors and entrepreneurs willing to take a leap and risk it all.
51. Warm Clothing
There’s nothing more comforting than warm clothing on a cold day.
52. The Troops
Our country wouldn’t be what it is today without the service of our troops.
53. Right to Suffrage
Voting gives you a say on what kind of governance you want and deserve to have.
54. Trials and Challenges
Challenges and conquering them make you stronger and more resilient to anything that comes your way.
Color can change the meaning or shift a mood in one blink. A world without color makes for a visually boring place.
Even being able to be thankful about everything is something to be thankful for. Gratitude keeps you centered and turns the little things in life into something bigger and more meaningful.
These are some things you can add to your gratitude list. If you can think of more, know that there are always things to be thankful for once you switch from complaining mode to gratitude mode.
What are some things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving? Have you shared this gratitude with others today? Let us know in the comments section below.
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