505 Things to Be Grateful For That Will Lighten Your Day

In my own life, I have found that gratitude is powerful.

Studies have shown that when you find things to be appreciative of and be grateful for and practice a mindset that includes sense of gratitude, you can heal the mind and body quicker and have more joyful experiences in life.

From personal experience, I know that when you have things being grateful for in your life, it invites you to experience more beauty and have a greater sense of purpose.

Gratitude is a habit: once you find gratitude for one thing, you can always find more things to be grateful for and practice gratitude.

The Power of Gratitude

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Gratitude is critical to helping you live in the present and observe what’s going on around you.

It can feel like a magnifying glass for positive feelings.

Additionally, gratitude can help you improve and maintain your relationships.

Plus, it’s contagious — your attitude of gratitude can help others appreciate the little things, too.

I know the impact that gratitude has made on my life, starting with a newfound appreciation for some of the common things that I took for granted.

If you’re like me, it’s easy to eat something for breakfast in a rush – but taking the time to savor the flavor of the fruit gives you a value you probably overlooked.

I hope that you’ll take the time to embrace the powerful manifestation of gratitude in your life, so that you may grow to find sources of gratitude that may not always be obvious.

That’s why I’ve created a list of things to be grateful for — to provide inspiration for your own gratitude.

As you incorporate these suggestions into your gratitude practice (such as finding three things to be grateful for every day), adapt them as you need to find joy and success.

While it’s important to be grateful for these things, it’s also vital to note that not every person has every sense and can experience the world in the same way, nor is every person housed and with access to clean, running water.

If this describes you, I hope that you understand you are seen and loved, and that you can find gratitude in other things listed here.

Gratitude for the Little Things

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  • For the birds that fly overhead.
  • For the sunrise and sunset.
  • Cherish the stages of your life and the lessons you’ve learned from each of them.
  • Appreciate waking up today.
  • Relish your favorite stores that you frequent.
  • Enjoy attending movies where you can see the latest release on the big screen.
  • Treasure concerts where you can see your favorite bands perform live.
  • Your body and how everything works together to function.
  • Your unique sense of humor.
  • A safe, cozy bed to wake up in.
  • Love your ability to find joy.
  • The value of shade in keeping you cooler in a hot summer.
  • Recall physical keepsakes and memories kept in your heart to find gratitude.
  • Consider the softness of your favorite blankets and pillows.
  • For family photos of good memories shared together.
  • Feel gratitude for your clothing and fashion choices.
  • Love the way you can order groceries for delivery!
  • Be grateful for customer service representatives.
  • Show gratitude towards delivery people.
  • The warmth a fire gives you when it’s cold outside.
  • Appreciate a relaxing bath and time for yourself.
  • Treasure the sound of a crackling fireplace.
  • Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.
  • The changing of seasons, and the wonder of different times of the year.
  • Read a book that enthralls you.
  • Partake in freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.
  • Appreciate the silence and solitude when you’re alone.
  • The value of an authentic smile.
  • Contemplate what you appreciate as you burn a candle.
  • Treasure mornings when no alarm clocks are required.
  • Be grateful for good hair days!
  • For the way, the sun feels on your skin on a beautiful day.
  • Feel joy when you cross items off of your to-do list.
  • Appreciate days on the road when traffic is light.
  • The laughter a well-placed dad joke can bring.
  • Enjoy the sound of rain as it falls on your roof.
  • Enjoy the skill of your favorite writer.
  • Appreciate the value of words, the ones you use constantly, and those you reserve for special occasions.
  • The feeling of a breeze running through your hair.
  • Soak in appreciation when you play your favorite song.
  • Find appreciation for the laughter of children.
  • Find excitement when you find the money you forgot about in your coat pocket!
  • Treasure the new book smell.
  • Marvel at the complexity of a television or computer and the value it brings to your life.
  • Enjoy a hot shower following a long or challenging day.
  • Love the joy of coffee.
  • All of humankind’s knowledge is in the palm of your hand – your smartphone.
  • The feeling of cold water refreshing your body.
  • The sweetness of a chocolate treat.
  • Your education, and the ability to read and write.
  • For the time that you live in, and everything that you get to experience first.
  • Appreciate modern medications and doctors and how they keep us alive and functioning better.
  • Relish the melody of music and the incredible way it comes together to form song and rhythm.
  • Cherish your opportunities and ability to make choices that influence your life.
  • Be grateful for your ability to have free will and make bad decisions that you learn from.
  • Love the fact that you can immediately make decisions that make your health improve.
  • Value some of the risky choices you’ve made, the courage it took, and the outcome you achieved.
  • Celebrate the unconditional love that a pet provides. Reflect on a moment when a pet did something silly that brought a smile to your face.
  • Show gratitude for the last time an animal brought you comfort when you were stressed out.
  • Relish a moment when you looked into the eyes of another person and felt comforted.

Gratitude for Personal Relationships

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  • Hold gratitude for pets and furry friends.
  • Relish your favorite holiday present.
  • Marvel at your favorite movie stars, and how you feel like you have a personal relationship with them.
  • Understand the value of having someone to call and share good news with.
  • Appreciate the ability to contact friends and family at any time with modern technology.
  • For friends that you can go without speaking to for years, and pick it up in an instant.
  • Feel love for your ties with parents, children, siblings, and extended family members.
  • Cherish children in your family, knowing that as you get older they will represent you into the future.
  • Value the relationship you have with animals and life throughout the day, from the grass you step on, to the fly that lands on your shoulder. Everything is part of the circle of life.
  • Love the moments you make with people at pivotal moments, like graduations.
  • Find gratitude in your chosen family.
  • The feeling of knowing that others have your back and are supportive.
  • Appreciate your neighbors and consider bringing them a small gift.
  • Relish having others to share in your sorrows.
  • Acknowledge how your communities support each other.
  • Relish the relationship you have with your doctors, who essentially form a relationship with your body, and learn how it speaks.
  • For friends and family, you can call when you get a flat tire.
  • Think about the joy and pride you have for any mentor/mentee relationships in your life.
  • Appreciate it when someone else smiles at you.
  • Cherish your moments with your elders while they can impart their wisdom to you.
  • Consider the love you hold for other people, your community, or a higher power.
  • Hold gratefulness for the emergency service personnel in your community, who work hard to save lives every day.
  • A small gift that shares how much you care about someone.
  • Feel gratitude for those you admire.
  • Consider the joy of making someone you care about smile.
  • Appreciate the hugs and other forms of physical affection from your family.
  • Treasure the unexpected messages, cards, and phone calls from those you love.
  • Relish your family history and the ancestors that came before you.
  • Appreciate and receive compliments from your friends and coworkers.
  • Treasure a good morning text.
  • Marvel at the gift of music, and how different songs can remind you of different people and events.
  • Celebrate the moment that someone has woken you up softly, and you had a smile on your face.
  • Recall a moment when someone read from a book for you.
  • Cherish a moment when someone went and got you something that was your ‘favorite’, perhaps fast food, a book, or a drink from a coffee shop.
  • Celebrate a time when someone finished your sentence because you were of one mind.
  • Recall a moment that you experienced something that made you instantly think of someone important in your life.
  • Show gratitude when you are met at the door by someone (or a pet) that you love and care for.
  • Reflect on a time when you were gifted something by a child, that to a normal person would mean nothing, but to them meant the world.
  • Cherish memories of the first time a dog returned a ball or stick when you threw it.

Gratitude for Personal Achievements

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  • Feel gratitude for any career goals you have to achieve or might achieve soon.
  • Cherish the fact that you’ve graduated high school, college, or other forms of education.
  • Find love for yourself in pushing through hard moments to make life better for yourself tomorrow.
  • Consider any promotions and raises you’ve gotten as a reason for joy.
  • Find gratitude in your family’s accomplishments.
  • Appreciate New Year’s resolutions you’ve made that have succeeded or failed. You’ve grown to know yourself better in the worst case.
  • Marvel at ways that you’ve helped others and impacted another person’s life.
  • Think about the pride you feel in your home and caring for it.
  • Appreciate overcoming tests in your life, such as a driver’s license test, SATs, or a GED certification.
  • For making it through a rough day.
  • Hold space for the achievement of learning more every day.
  • Find reasons to invest in others, and make their achievements your own!
  • Enjoy dancing like nobody is watching!
  • Savor a sense of accomplishment after a productive day.
  • Appreciate the small goals you set for yourself and the small victories you make in achieving them.
  • Savor the wonder of where you came from in life, and where you’re going.
  • Appreciate your self-respect when you achieve the need to rest.
  • Take a moment to appreciate the completion of a project or accomplishment.
  • Be grateful for things and experiences you worked hard for.
  • Value the moments you took a leap of faith to meet other people and the value they brought to your life.
  • Show gratitude for the gift of life, when you had your children and how that made you feel.
  • Reflect on a time that you started speaking in another language, and how that made you feel communicating with someone in another language.
  • Cherish a moment when you completed your most difficult course in school.
  • Take a moment to appreciate a certificate or award that you received that made you feel special.
  • Show gratitude for a job that you identified as a ‘dream job’ and all the hard work it took to get it.
  • Celebrate a time when you received a promotion at work because of your effort.
  • Show gratitude for a time when you started achieving financial success.
  • Relish a moment when you were able to buy something that you had saved up for after a long time.
  • Recall a time when you learned from your mistakes and improved your life as a result of it.
  • Reflect on a moment when you were true to yourself despite the situation being difficult.
  • Express gratitude for a time when you overcame a major life obstacle.

Gratitude for Nature and the Outdoors

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  • Recall the way the leaves change in the fall.
  • Experience gratitude considering a cool ocean breeze on a hot summer day.
  • Enjoy the smell of fresh flowers in bloom!
  • Think about the way the plants bloom in spring.
  • Hold gratitude for the bees and other pollinators that keep plants growing.
  • Be grateful for the environmentalists and climate change scientists working hard to preserve our world.
  • Consider the majesty of a herd of animals, such as buffalo or antelope, as they move across the landscape.
  • Enjoy the countless stars in the sky at night.
  • Appreciate how rain nourishes every living creature.
  • Relish the way fire helps us cook and can clear forests for regrowth.
  • Appreciate the beauty of the moon and its cycles.
  • Observe the diversity in nature as well as its patterns.
  • Recall the feeling of the sun on your face.
  • Find appreciation for the trees and grass that produce oxygen to keep us breathing.
  • Think about the beauty of a sunflower.
  • Think about the placid calmness of your favorite lake.
  • Feel gratitude for the fish of the oceans, rivers, and lakes that feed us.
  • Celebrate the last time you found a leaf from a tree that you thought was perfect.
  • Remember a time when you smelled a flower, and how that made you feel.
  • Trees are used for wood and paper.
  • The deceased plants and animals that enable us to use fossil fuels.
  • Domestication processes so we can have pets and farm animals.
  • Plants and animals who gave their lives to feed us.
  • Coffee beans make coffee.
  • Cocoa beans for chocolate.
  • Plants that were grown to give us sustenance.
  • The feeling of sand between your toes.
  • The cool rush as you step into cold water, or plunge into it suddenly.

Gratitude for Modern Comforts

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  • Hold gratitude for clean water you can access on demand.
  • Air conditioning and indoor plumbing are modern conveniences and things to be grateful for.
  • Appreciate the convenience of modern cooking.
  • Adore the time-saving nature of the grocery store.
  • Consider modern transit’s wonders and time-saving nature, such as cars, planes, and trains.
  • Hold gratitude for prescriptions and the doctors who understand pharmacology.
  • Think about the safety and security you experience as the result of a stable government and a modern military.
  • Feel appreciation for a hot shower or bath.
  • Love the shade that a tree provides.
  • Feel grateful for the internet, which provides so much knowledge at your fingertips.
  • Show some love for your favorite TV show.
  • Appreciate how fast we can order and receive things in modern times.
  • Think about your favorite lighting.
  • Consider the marvel of electric cars.
  • Feeling grateful for being able to apply for jobs online, much faster than in the past.
  • Consider the helpfulness of modern washing machines and dryers.
  • Be grateful for your clean dishes, straight from a dishwashing machine.
  • Show love to veterinarians, who use modern veterinary medicine to care for our beloved pets.
  • Appreciate refrigeration, as it keeps our food fresh.
  • Feel grateful for microwaves, which quickly heat our food.
  • Find appreciation for streaming services, which entertain and teach us on demand.
  • Feel gratitude towards modern banking, which makes giving and receiving payments and donations easy.
  • Enjoy modern fitness activities, which can help you reach peak fitness quickly.
  • Have a blast appreciating the talent of the Super Bowl and other modern sports players.
  • Appreciate social media, which helps us stay in touch.
  • Find gratitude for home security systems, which help keep us safe.
  • Enjoy electric kettles, which can help you make the perfect cup of tea.
  • Appreciate powdered beverages like hot chocolate.
  • Door locks that keep you and your family safe.
  • Curtains that give you privacy and also balance your temperature.
  • Windows to see outside of.
  • Blinds for privacy.
  • Vacuums and mops to keep your home and areas clean.
  • Modern pet toys to occupy your pets.
  • Batteries to power devices and toys so that you don’t have to be plugged in.
  • Cell phones to stay in touch with short text phrases or phone calls.
  • Electronic keyboards to make music.
  • Wireless routers to keep you online.
  • Coasters to protect your tables from condensation.
  • Many clothing options to look your most fashionable.
  • Cleaning products to stay tidy.
  • Photography to remember great moments.
  • Solar power to power our homes.
  • Smart devices that turn on and off with a quick phrase.
  • The postal service and the ability to send things to places thousands of miles away in a matter of days.
  • Power outlets and how they are developed for convenience and safety.
  • Water spigots outside of your home, and the value they provide versus carrying buckets of water outside of your home.
  • The cool breeze from a ceiling fan.
  • Your oven and microwave cook things in minutes without a primitive fire.
  • A refrigerator that keeps things cool, allowing us to store food and keep things at comfortable temperatures.
  • School buses, that save us time in taking our children to and from school.
  • LED lights run on a fraction of energy and keep our rooms bright even in the darkest of nights.
  • Text messages that convey information quickly and efficiently.
  • Zoom meetings that connect us with colleagues and eliminate the need for in-person meetings.
  • Emails that save us from unnecessary meetings and phone calls. 
  • Digital images that can be copied, transferred, and saved forever.
  • Cameras that can capture moments in time, even in 3D.
  • Surround sound systems, that capture audio moments and make us feel like we are in the moment.

Gratitude for Acts of Kindness

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  • Recall the last time someone let you borrow something you needed.
  • Identify a moment in time when you gave a waiter/waitress a large tip for exceptional service.
  • Treasure a moment when you gave feedback about an employee that highlighted exceptional service.
  • Find gratitude in completing a survey about a shopping experience.
  • Treasure supporting a friend’s business when you buy from them or share their content on social media.
  • Relish a moment when you carpool with someone, not out of convenience but to spend time with someone else.
  • Remember when you last gave or received money in a time of need.
  • Value moments when you provide input on a project or situation with someone else that they are drawing a blank on.
  • Cherish donating things to a local thrift store, or to a place where things will go to a good home with someone in need.
  • Think about any hand-me-downs you have received.
  • Appreciate the kindness of thank you notes.
  • Take notice of acts of kindness that seem random.
  • Savor the gratitude you feel when you give or receive a gift.
  • Show gratitude for community groups like Buy Nothing by posting your thankfulness.
  • Appreciate how acts of kindness remind you that you’re not alone in life’s journey.
  • Show appreciation for the time and effort someone took to think of you.
  • Find appreciation in the way a random act of kindness improves your day.
  • Embrace the boost in your mood a random act of kindness made you feel.
  • Appreciate the humility you feel when you accept kindness.
  • Adore the compassion and empathy the random act of kindness made you feel.
  • Appreciate the warmth you feel by paying it forward at a fast food restaurant.
  • Recall the latest smile you had from a complete stranger.
  • Remember the last time someone returned something to you that was lost?
  • Appreciate the last compliment you received from someone unprovoked.
  • Show appreciation for the last tree you planted, or thing you did for the environment.
  • Show gratitude for the last time you let someone merge in front of you in traffic.
  • Recall a moment when you forgave someone for a way that they had wronged you.
  • Relish a moment when you were forgiven by someone else for a mistake you made.
  • Cherish a time when someone held a door open for you.
  • Reflect on a pay-it-forward moment, when it happened to you.
  • Recall a moment when you shared a deeply personal moment with someone else, and they exhibited no signs of judgment.
  • Remember an important handwritten note you received and the way it made you feel.
  • Show gratitude for a time when someone helped you with chores, moving, or just something around the house.
  • Appreciate the last time someone told you that they cared about you.
  • Relish the moment a loved one ended a phone call with the words “Love you.”
  • Reflect on a moment when you volunteered your time or resources to help someone else.

Gratitude for Personal Growth

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  • Consider a time you have gotten through grief successfully.
  • Think about how you might have overcome depression or anxiety.
  • Remember when you asked for help and concentrate on how it’s okay to do that.
  • Be grateful for a time you let go of a person or belief that was toxic or harmful to you.
  • Find gratitude for the last time you had a realization about your personal growth.
  • Recall when you were able to improve on your own, through hard work or study.
  • Feel gratitude for your favorite personal growth resources, such as life coaches, tarot, or religious texts.
  • Consider finding gratitude for your ability to journal your journey.
  • Think about three turning points in your personal growth journey.
  • Appreciate your milestone when you’ve completed a DIY project.
  • Appreciate yourself when trying a new restaurant, food, or experience outside your comfort zone!
  • Relish the last time that you went to a gym to work out.
  • Cherish a time when you challenged yourself to meet a specific goal and made an action plan for how you would get there.
  • Show gratitude for the last day that you gave yourself off, completely from all responsibilities.
  • Appreciate the last time that you got a full night’s sleep and didn’t wake up to an alarm.
  • Celebrate the last time that you forgave yourself for a mistake that perhaps only knows what you did.
  • Reflect on a moment when you were asked to guest star in a blog or panel because of your interests or expertise.
  • Relish a time when you left your country and visited somewhere far away, and the way it made you feel to leave your comfort zone.
  • Cherish a time when you ran in a race or did something that was physically strenuous and you weren’t sure if you could complete it.
  • Celebrate climbing a mountain or visiting a place that wasn’t easy to get to.
  • Recall a time when you made a difference in the life of someone, and they turned around and made a difference in the life of someone else as a result.

Gratitude for Cultural Experiences

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  • Hold space for traditions that your family has passed down.
  • Value the holidays you spend with your family that are relevant specifically to your family and culture.
  • Appreciate the foods from your culture.
  • Enjoy learning about and experiencing other cultures.
  • Consider dances and music from your culture.
  • Be grateful for the literature, movies, and other arts your culture has produced.
  • Think about the beautiful traditional clothing from your culture.
  • Think about how your culture has representation at international events such as the Olympics.
  • Consider the scientific achievements of your culture.
  • Think about the rich history of your culture.
  • What challenges has your culture endured as a people? Think about how they’ve overcome it.
  • Enjoy the excitement of planning a trip and experiencing new cultures.
  • Hold appreciation for the conflicts within your culture, and diversity of thought.
  • Consider the strong values you’ve learned from your culture.
  • Think about how your culture supports communities and individuals.
  • Additionally, be grateful for Diplomacy, so cultures can get along.
  • Fashions from different cultures.
  • Cultural uniqueness.
  • Advocacy for human rights is best achieved by cultural understanding.
  • The ability to translate work from multiple cultures.
  • Shops and markets from various ethnicities.
  • The ability to adapt to different cultures without giving up one’s own.
  • Programs for cultural awareness.
  • Multicultural communities, which share cultures.
  • The ability to learn languages from many cultures.
  • Etiquette from different cultures.
  • Different cultures’ histories and heritages.
  • The musical instruments from different cultures.
  • Traditional clothing from world cultures.

Gratitude for the Senses

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  • Recall the way a wet puppy dog nose makes you smile.
  • Hold appreciation for your ability to take in a deep breath of air.
  • Experience gratitude by listening to beautiful music.
  • Recall the color of a sunset.
  • Take in the stunning colors of the rainbow.
  • Savor the smell of freshly baked bread.
  • Think about the sweetness of sugar and the joy it brings.
  • Consider the crisp sound and vibrant taste of biting into fruit, such as an apple or watermelon.
  • Recall the smell of fresh-cut grass.
  • Enjoy the sound of sleigh bells in winter.
  • Observe and appreciate the silent, falling snow.
  • Reflect upon the sound of the ocean waves crashing.
  • Think about how petting an animal’s soft, wiry, or coarse coat feels.
  • Remember the most beautiful sunrise you’ve seen.
  • Think about how it feels to hear your name when your favorite person says it.
  • Consider the feeling of a pen fluidly following your hand’s movements.
  • Think about your favorite food combinations and the tastes they produce, like peanut butter and chocolate.
  • Remember the way certain foods, like ice and chocolate, melt in your mouth.
  • Recall gratitude for the last time you got goosebumps!
  • Savor your favorite childhood treat.
  • Treasure the feeling of sand sliding through your fingers.
  • Additionally, consider:
  • Visual memories
  • Seeing natural beauty wherever you go
  • Feeling different textures
  • Enjoying a massage
  • Giving or receiving physical comfort with touch
  • Grass beneath your feet
  • Art that you can touch
  • Physical connections with others when you touch
  • Explorations of many flavors with taste
  • The spiciness of foods!
  • Reliving memories of taste
  • Discerning between different alcohol types
  • The smell of home
  • The smell of your own cooking
  • Fragrances and perfumes
  • A sour taste
  • A food that provides you comfort, possibly reminding you of your childhood.
  • A taste that reminds you of someone you value deeply in life.
  • Relish a familiar smell or scent that reminds you of someone you care about.
  • Celebrate a song that when you hear it, makes you remember fond memories.
  • Recall a rhyme that makes you remember your childhood and someone quoting it to you.
  • Try to celebrate a moment when someone sang you a song, and more importantly, how it made you feel.
  • Find gratitude for a spoken word that reminds you of a good time, a moment of laughter, or an experience you’ll never forget.
  • Cherish a word that you mispronounce and because of that, will always be unique to you.
  • Reflect on your given name, and the history behind why you were named that.
  • Show gratitude for your surname, and the history it carries with it.
  • Relish your sight and the ability to see everything around you, whether in color or black and white.

Gratitude for Learning Opportunities

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  • Be grateful for all the educational opportunities you’ve had.
  • Show gratitude for a moment when you took your education and put it to practical use.
  • Think about the informal learning opportunities you have had, such as when someone taught you a craft.
  • Consider the many places you can learn, such as the Internet, schools, religious institutions, and your family.
  • Think about how many jobs you have learned throughout your life.
  • Reflect on something you learned in early education that has stuck with you for the rest of your life.
  • Cherish a song or rhyme that helped you remember something you never thought would be possible without it.
  • Celebrate your ability to do math without a calculator.
  • Ponder on a time when you were able to take something you learned and share it with someone else.
  • Reflect on some of the schools you attended.
  • Cherish a moment when you learned something by practical application and not reading it in a book.
  • Show gratitude for a time when a friend taught you something that you didn’t learn in school.
  • Find a yearbook from the past and reflect on the ways that you’ve changed.
  • Ponder on the concept of how the you of the past would look and consider the you of the present day – what would they be proud of?
  • Think about a time that you solved a problem critically and without a clear path to the solution.
  • Consider your education and how it’s contributed to your financial success today.
  • Reflect on how education has made you a better citizen of your home country.
  • Cherish a moment when you realize that your education made you more resilient and adaptable.
  • Celebrate a time when you were able to answer a trivia question thanks to your training and education.
  • Consider a topic or subject that you excel in that is unique to you.
  • Relish how your personal passions have intertwined with your education.
  • Find gratitude in knowing that there is always more to learn about anything!
  • Enjoy studying different fields and finding answers in science.
  • Appreciate how science and medicine can solve many problems and teach you about them.
  • Love your local library!
  • Consider everything you can learn on free resources online, such as YouTube.
  • Be grateful for the practical problems you can solve with a little bit of knowledge.
  • Treasure opportunities to learn from your past mistakes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Gratitude

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How does practicing gratitude benefit our mental health?

I have found journaling things to be grateful in reducing anxiety and stress.

It helps bring us to the present, forgetting every situation’s what-ifs and worst possible scenarios.

Journaling things to be grateful for can help us realize what we have instead of allowing us to focus on what we do not.

When I lose sight of what I can be grateful for, a quick flip through my journal reminds me of all of the positive things I have in my life, and puts things into a better perspective.

When times are tough or I find myself in a situation where I find myself struggling, looking at a journal entry that highlights things I have accomplished motivates me to only do better.

Can gratitude really shift our perspective on life?

Yes, concentrating on things to be grateful for can really shift our perspective on life.

From personal experience, I know that it’s hard to get into the habit at first, but you can set an alarm on your phone to remind you to think of one thing you’re grateful for each day (use the list above to help you).

Can gratitude help in reducing stress and anxiety?

Yes. Expressing gratitude and considering things to be grateful for has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and stress.

This good habit gives you time to consider the things you enjoy and care about in life and steps forward to have more time for joy and gratefulness.

Gratitude is also contagious, so by reflecting on and highlighting it daily, you will contribute to those around you as well.

How can I maintain a gratitude journal effectively?

I believe that the best way to maintain a gratitude journal is to establish a routine.

Determine what is realistic for you to do when it comes to a journal.

For myself, just waking up and naming three things I am grateful for sets me up for success with whatever the rest of the day may bring me.

While it’s most effective to journal daily, it might make more sense for you to jot down a few things to be grateful for each day in the journal, and then make one longer entry each week.

Consistency is more important than frequency.

Additionally, you can do gratitude journaling with friends.

You don’t have to share what you write, but you can maintain a support group.

You can also rely on a therapist or religious counselor to support you in your journaling journey.

If you need more help on journaling things to be grateful for, speak to a librarian at your local library.

The library is free to use and will have plenty of resources.

Finding things to express gratitude for can be a journey as well.

As you go throughout your day, consider the things that make you smile or feel good about yourself.

Does a specific outfit give you more confidence?

Do you have a specific skill that makes you unique in comparison to others?

Did you open the door for someone just to be nice, and receive an unexpected smile in return?

How can gratitude impact our overall well-being?

Framing is something that has really changed my life.

Being in the habit of practicing gratitude can increase our overall well-being considerably.

By lowering stress and anxiety, we can also find our physical health improves — most noticeably in our sleep patterns.

Our interactions with others may go smoother as well, and you’ll have a keen awareness of what interactions contain gratitude versus which may not be as valuable to continue having.

You can treat others with kindness and be aware of when you’re also being treated kindly.

This can provide calmness in your life — all thanks to focusing on gratitude.

Looking at your life through a positive lens changes how you view your successes and personal accomplishments – I have become my best cheerleader in life as a result of practicing gratitude.

Finding Gratitude in Your Life

Finding gratitude in your life can bring peace, joy, and the right people to you.

While the above list is a great start, I encourage you to find your own reasons for gratitude.

You can do this throughout your day — before you go to sleep when you wake up, or while you’re going about your regular routine or walking to work.

It doesn’t have to feel like an extra chore.

You’ll find that you’ll catch yourself in moments of gratitude throughout your day.

For example, if a coworker brings you mail, be thankful to them, but internalize the feeling of gratitude and write this down as one of the things to be grateful for in your journal.

By doing this, you’ll find that you can transform how you go through life every day.

Soon, you’ll find motivation to yourself looking for things to be grateful for.

You might also start performing more intentional and random acts of kindness for yourself and others, which overall makes the world a better place.

And that’s the idea: make it easy for yourself and others to find kindness wherever you go.




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