Life is full of ups and downs. However, even when times are tough there are things to be grateful for.
We all have amazing days. Days where we’re just on point. Everything is clicking and going our way. We’re full of life and positivity.
On the other hand, we all have those other days. Days where we don’t feel inspired. Sometimes we may even feel lost, unmotivated, or full of negative thoughts.
No matter what we’re going through reminding ourselves of what we’re grateful for can help us feel better.
Benefits of Gratitude
There are multiple scientifically proven studies out there that reveal many benefits of gratitude. Reading a list of the things you’re grateful for everyday can literally change your physical and mental health. Here is a brief overview of the most impactful benefits.
- Improves positive emotions
- Improves Self-Esteem
- Enhances long-term happiness
- Reduce stress & depression
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves quality of sleep
- Strengthens relationships
- Improves motivation for healthier habits
- Reduces aggression
- Improves overall mental health
Now that we have an understanding of how being grateful can change our lives let’s dive into the list. Along with each thing to be grateful for we’ve added short reasons on why you should be grateful for these things.
20 Things To Be Grateful For
1. Being Alive
According to the author Mel Robbins you have a 1 in 400 trillion chance of being alive. As a result, the fact that you are alive right now means you won the lottery of life. You were given the chance to experience this life. Embrace it, enjoy it, be grateful for it.
There a lot of people who are blind. However, they too have a lot to be grateful for. But if you are not blind imagine for a second if you were. You wouldn’t be able to see the ones you love, nature, etc.
These are one of those things we forget to be grateful for. Modern medicine has helped improve peoples quality of life. As a result, it also helps improve life expectancy. Without it, some of us wouldn’t be here right now.
“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Friedrich Nietzsche.
They give us the opportunity to easily travel the world. Hundreds of years ago you couldn’t just get up and go across the world.
Sometimes they understand us more than anyone else.
Imagine if we didn’t have this amazing way to communicate with each other? We’d have less laughs and more problems. Language is one of those things to grateful for everyday.
The world would be dull if everything was black and white.
This is one of the most important resources on earth. On the other hand, without it our world as we know it wouldn’t exist. On top of that a lot of people don’t have access to clean water year round. So, if you do make sure you add this to your daily list of things you are grateful for.
They’re there for us when we need someone. Friends understand us and support us.
Do I need to say anything else about this one?
12. Two Day Shipping
Remember the days where we had to wait 2 weeks to get a package? We’re spoiled now.
13. Grocery Stores
Imagine hundreds of years ago. For example, you travel back in time and tell a hunter theres places in the future where you can get a mango, some salmon, and chocolate bar within minutes. The hunter probably never had a taste of any of those. In addition, grocery stores give us access to delicious foods from around the world.
14. Curb Side Pickup
In addition to grocery store as of 2020 we now have curb side pickup. There was a study that came out and said curb side pickup saves people on average 6 hours per month. We don’t even have to walk into the store anymore! This is one modern day thing we should be grateful for.
Not only can we easily talk to our love one. But, we can also connect with people no matter where they are in the world.
They provide instant access to knowledge. The best part? We don’t have to pay for it.
This is one thing some wish they didn’t have. However, imagine not being able to feel love or joy? We’d just be robots if that were the case.
Imagine if you couldn’t listen to music? Or if you heard a sharp ringing noise in your ear 24/7? Therefore, if you have good hearing make sure you’re grateful for it.
19. Showers & Baths
It feels good to rinse off in some hot water after a long day. Similarly, without it our hygiene would be at risk.
20. The Sun
Our last thing to be grateful for is the sun. It brightens up our days. In addition, it provides us with natural vitamin D. If the suns out right now, I dare you to go out in it and embrace it.
In conclusion, no matter how you’re feeling reviewing things your grateful for can improve you mood. Likewise, it can improve your overall health overtime. If you don’t already, try reading this list every morning or night. Do it for 2 weeks and see how you feel after. I bet you’ll start to see changes in your attitude and mood.