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356 Things To Be Grateful For

356 Things to be grateful for to help you reap the benefits of gratitude if you are not sure where to start.

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Gratitude isn’t just something we should do only when we remember to say thank you. Being more mindful and aware of the good things in your life can surprise you and help you make positive progress. Something doesn’t have to be world-changing or life-altering to be worthy of gratitude. A kind word and a smile when you need them, that first cup of coffee or tea, and the smell of baking bread or freshly mown grass are all worth taking a moment to appreciate. If something makes you feel good, happy, satisfied, accomplished, loved, or positive, then it is worth taking a second to enjoy it in a more thoughtful way. A gratefulness mindset takes time to get good at, but even a little practice, like setting aside a few minutes a day to recall what you’re glad about and happy for, can profoundly improve your overall well-being. There are many more benefits of gratitude.

You can also be grateful for things that were less positive. If you barely missed unbecoming entangled in a catastrophe like a car wreck, it’s worth the time to appreciate your good fortune. Sometimes something bad happens and you come out a stronger person for it. Although you should strive not to be grateful for rude or selfish things, it’s okay to be glad for what you have, who you are, and how your life is going.

You can also include gratitude in your journaling (see gratitude journal prompts).

We also offer a gratitude list template if you are looking for a place to write your list of things to be grateful for. However, if you are looking for some gratitude list ideas, then here are some things to be thankful for:

Home

  • A roof over your head
  • Working electric and plumbing
  • Modern trash and sewer services
  • Building codes that protect tenants
  • A space of your own
  • A kitchen to cook in
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • The ability to shut your door and enjoy some peace and quiet, even if it only lasts a few minutes
  • Good books
  • Warm sweaters and cozy nights wrapped up in blankets near a heater or fire
  • Feeling safe at night when you lock your door
  • Somewhere comfortable to sit or lay down
  • A nice yard

Love

  • Family and friends, you can count on
  • A partner (husband, wife, etc.) you love and trust
  • Having a life you enjoy and the time to do things you love
  • Romantic love, especially new romantic love and the way it makes you feel
  • Romantic books and movies
  • Good warm hugs
  • Seeing someone you love smile
  • Love notes
  • Flowers
  • Dating
  • Platonic love for your friends

Work

  • A steady paycheck
  • Good bosses and good managers
  • A challenge that makes you feel accomplished
  • Inspiration
  • Good coworkers who make the daily grind a little more enjoyable
  • Stability and a reliable schedule
  • Light traffic or an easy commute
  • Hitting all green lights
  • Great parking spots
  • Vacation time
  • Satisfaction from a job well done
  • Work ethic
  • Work from home
  • Bonuses and pay raises
  • Doing something you enjoy
  • Sharing a laugh with friends or customers

Family

  • Parents (or grandparents, guardians, etc.) who loved you and raised you the best they could
  • Siblings who grew up with you and share some of your early years
  • Kids with all the challenges and wonder they bring
  • Feeling supported and loved
  • Spending time together
  • Having someone to care for you when you are sick
  • Days at the park and other family events
  • Parties with everyone you love
  • A sense of connection to your roots and history

Health

  • Good health
  • Fresh air to breathe
  • Healthy food to eat
  • Toothpaste
  • Doctors to help you when you are sick or hurt
  • Exercise
  • The ability to walk, run, drive, and get around
  • A good night’s sleep
  • Your favorite food
  • The snooze button on your alarm
  • Hot showers
  • Long baths
  • Modern hygiene
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Playing outdoors

Friends

  • Having even one good friend is always worth being grateful for
  • New friends
  • Old friends who have been around forever
  • Laughing the way you only ever do with good friends
  • People you can rely on in a pinch, and for whom you’d do anything
  • Inside jokes
  • Going out on the town
  • Parties and get-togethers at home
  • Shared secrets
  • Knowing that someone ‘gets you’

Nature and Animals

  • The wind in the trees and the sunshine on your face
  • Spring flowers
  • Wildflowers
  • Rainy days and thunderstorms
  • Fall leaves changing color
  • The quiet of a morning with a fresh, pristine blanket of snow on the ground
  • A beautiful sunset or sunrise
  • Birds singing in the trees
  • Baby animals in spring
  • Pets to play with and cuddle
  • The beach, lake forest, or wherever your favorite place is outdoors
  • Funny animal videos
  • Fog
  • A full moon in the sky
  • Shooting Stars
  • Having a raincoat or umbrella when it’s wet out

Sweet and Silly

  • A good hair day
  • Unexpected surprises
  • Puppy kisses
  • Purring cats
  • Chocolate
  • The kind of laughter that is hard to stop and makes your sides hurt
  • Taking time to make something with your own hands
  • The feeling you get in a flow state when you are really into whatever work, chore, or project you are doing, and things seem to ‘just work.’
  • First dates and first kisses
  • Great music
  • The theater
  • Beautiful art
  • Giving gifts (and getting them)
  • Autosave and spellcheck
  • Quiet nights in
  • Circuses, fairs, amusement parks, playgrounds, and petting zoos
  • Bubbles
  • Catching snowflakes on your tongue
  • Perfume and cologne
  • Rainbows
  • People showing kindness to those in need
  • Favorite memories

Miscellaneous

  • Although they may not always be what you expect, there’s always a chance to do something new, different, or better around the corner.
  • Weekends
  • Deodorant
  • Good choices that worked out better than you’d expected
  • Savings
  • Mutual respect
  • Thank You notes
  • Coffee
  • Stretching after you wake up
  • Self-expression
  • The feeling of warm clothing from the dryer, especially on cold days
  • Forgiveness
  • Education
  • Unexpected windfalls, like when you find money on the ground
  • Technology
  • Holidays and extra time off
  • Your hobby or passion
  • Staying in bed for five more minutes because you’re not in a rush
  • Freedom of choice
  • Playing a good game (card, board, video, or other)
  • Happy Hour
  • Learning and growing
  • Your favorite shows and movies
  • Literacy
  • Scratching an itch
  • Mistakes and all that we learn from them

A-Z Gratitude List

If you need some ideas or inspiration to complete an A-Z gratitude list, then see the lists below:

Things to be thankful for that start with…

A

  • Accomplishments
  • Airplanes
  • Affirmations
  • Air
  • Alone Time
  • Amazon
  • Aromatherapy
  • Art
  • Auto Save

B

  • Babies
  • Bacon
  • Beach
  • Beauty
  • Bed
  • Bikes
  • Birds
  • Books
  • Brainstorming
  • Breakfast
  • Bubble Baths

C

  • Cake
  • Campfires
  • Candles
  • Candy
  • Cars
  • Cats
  • Challenges
  • Champaign
  • Children
  • Chocolate
  • Christmas
  • Clean sheets
  • Close friends
  • Clothes
  • Coffee
  • Colors
  • Compliments
  • Cooling
  • Core values
  • Coworkers
  • Creativity
  • Cuddles

D

  • Dad
  • Dentists
  • Deodorant
  • Discounts
  • Dishwasher
  • Doctors
  • Dogs
  • Donuts

E

  • Ears
  • Education
  • Electricity
  • Email
  • Energy
  • Exercise
  • Experiences
  • Eyes

F

  • Family
  • Family Meals
  • Films
  • Flowers
  • Fluffy towels
  • Food
  • Forgiveness
  • Forests
  • Freedom
  • Freezer
  • French Fries
  • Fresh Air
  • Freshly Baked Cookies
  • Fridays
  • Fridge
  • Friends

G

  • Games
  • Gas
  • Gifts
  • Google
  • GPS
  • Grandfather
  • Grandmother
  • Gratitude Journal

H

  • Hair
  • Halloween
  • Hands
  • Happiness
  • Healing
  • Health
  • Hearing
  • Heat
  • Heating
  • Help
  • Home
  • Honesty
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hot Showers
  • Hugs
  • Humor

I

  • Ice Cream
  • Iced Coffee
  • Imagination
  • Inspiration
  • Internet
  • iPhones

J

  • Jobs
  • Jokes
  • Journals
  • Joy

K

  • Kids
  • Kindness
  • Kisses
  • Knowledge

L

  • Ladybugs (is it just me or are they so pretty?)
  • Laughter
  • Laughter
  • Life
  • Light
  • Love

M

  • Medicine
  • Meditation
  • Memories
  • Memory
  • Mentors
  • Mindfulness
  • Mom
  • Money
  • Morning journaling
  • Morning Routine
  • Mornings
  • Mountains
  • Movies
  • Music

N

  • Naps
  • Nature
  • Neighbors
  • Netflix

O

  • Ocean
  • Online Shopping
  • Opportunities
  • Outdoors

P

  • Pancakes
  • Parents
  • Parks
  • People
  • Pets
  • Phones
  • Photos
  • Pineapple
  • Pizza
  • Planners
  • Plants
  • Progress

Q

  • Q-Tips
  • Quality
  • Quality Time
  • Quiet
  • Quotes

R

  • Rain
  • Rainbows
  • Reading
  • Relationships
  • Rest
  • Restaurants
  • Routine
  • Running

S

  • Safety
  • Safety belts
  • Savings
  • School
  • Self-Care
  • Senses (sight, smell, touch, taste, hearing)
  • Shopping
  • Sight
  • Sisters
  • Sleep
  • Smells
  • Smiles
  • Snow
  • Soap
  • Socks
  • Spell check
  • Sports
  • Starbucks
  • Stars
  • Stretching
  • Sunrise
  • Sunrises and sunsets
  • Sunset
  • Sunshine
  • Support
  • Surprises
  • Sushi

T

  • Tacos
  • Take outs
  • Tea
  • Teachers
  • Technology
  • Texting
  • Thanksgiving
  • Theatres
  • Therapy
  • Toilet Paper
  • Traditions
  • Trains
  • Travel
  • TV

U

  • Umbrellas
  • Unconditional Love
  • Universe
  • University
  • USA

V

  • Vacations
  • Vaccines
  • Veterinarians
  • Voice

W

  • Walks
  • Water
  • Weekends
  • WhatsApp
  • WiFi
  • Windows
  • Wine
  • Work
  • Workouts

X

  • X-Rays

Y

  • Yoga
  • YouTube

Z

  • Ziplocs
  • Zippers
  • Zoos

Final Thoughts

It’s too easy to take everything for granted and get so busy we forget to stop and smell the proverbial roses. Allowing yourself to fully experience and appreciate things can help elevate your state of mind and bring more happiness to your life. Practicing active gratitude helps us to become more aware of the positive things in our lives. By taking time out to consider all the things, great and small, that offer us comfort, assistance, and delight allows us to spend time thinking about the goodness we experience and how much we enjoy and appreciate having it.

One of the best ways to think about things to be grateful for is to spend a few minutes whenever you do another habit you are used to. This is called habit stacking. For example, start a new habit (reciting things I’m grateful for) whenever you do another habit that you do regularly without even thinking about (waking up in the morning, brushing your teeth, driving to work, eating lunch, coming home, going to sleep). For example, each time you brush your teeth in the morning, say to yourself “what am I thankful for” and list two to five things.

If you have any other things to be thankful for that you would like to add to this gratitude list, then please leave a comment below.

What are you thankful for today?

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About the Author
Photo of NicoleNicole has practiced gratitude for over 30 years. She started her first gratitude list in high school over 30 years ago. Since it made her feel so good, she started adding entries about gratitude to her journals. Three years ago, after reading about the benefits of gratitude, she started keeping a daily gratitude journal (you can download that same journal for free on this site) and tries to never miss a day.
Gratitude makes her happier and more positive. We hope it does the same for you.

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