I got this in an email from a dear friend. There are so many things to be grateful for. I have done the 30 days of gratitude for a few years every November. We need to be grateful every day, not just for a month.
The amazing thing is that no matter how much or little I think I have, I always have more! And gratitude helps me see it. If you’ve felt gypped by the Universe, here are 100 reasons to be grateful today. 1. The breath in your lungs 2. Your hard-working heart 3. The food that fuels your experience 4. The ever-present opportunity to make better decisions than your last 5. Your brain and memory that allow you to learn from mistakes 6. The freedom to make unlimited mistakes on your road to self-improvement 7. The endless supply of wisdom people and books provide 8. The natural talents you were born to share 9. The challenges that allow you to grow 10. The accomplishments that have improved your life 11. The mother and father who gave you life 12. The Internet 13. Humor 14. Sweet doggy friends, or cats, if you’re that kind of person 15. Warm sun on your skin 16. The beauty and life in nature 17. The senses that allow you to experience beauty 18. Clean drinking water 19. Health in any amount 20. The arms, legs, feet, and hands that give you freedom of movement 21. The favorite song that keeps you going when you feel like giving up 22. The artists who struggle to create beauty for others 23. The gift of language 24. The ability to read 25. The ability to learn from the mistakes and achievements of others 26. The help that is always there when you ask for it 27. The roof over your head 28. Piercing stars in a clear night sky 29. The inspiration that sweeps you out of your comfort zone 30. The people who’ve dedicated their lives to inspiring others 31. The kids who remind you to be playful and adventurous 32. The ability to connect with family and friends anywhere in the world (Skype) 33. Carrots (If you don’t know about carrots, click this link) 34. Family farms that are committed to providing organic and sustainable foods 35. The fresh start you’re given every day 36. Rain 37. Hope 38. The pain that reminds you of the need to change 39. Our dreams 40. The people who pray for you every day, without you realizing it 41. The hard times that made you who you are 42. Automatic rice cookers, refrigerators, air conditioning, and every little convenience that saves you time 43. Bare feet on grass 44. All the organisms in the soil that support life on earth 45. Electricity 46. All of the amazing teachers who helped you reach your potential 47. Each failure that led to your achievements, and everyone who encouraged you to keep going 48. The “haters” who helped you build resilience by saying, “No, you can’t!” 49. The fact that every bit of food you need to be happy and healthy is just a short drive away 50. The garbage men who keep streets clean 51. The random smile that got you through your last impossible day 52. That one cashier who you can always count on to brighten your day 53. Photosynthesis, and the fact that nature’s beauty works to keep you alive 54. The one friend you’ve been able to count on through every stage in your life—even if that friend is you 55. The new friends you’ve yet to meet, and the amazing times you haven’t yet experienced 56. Your favorite spot to recharge when you’re overwhelmed 57. Sunsets that make the sky explode with incandescent pinks, peaches, purples, oranges, and golds 58. Your education 59. Every single one of the trillions of cells in your body that work hard so that you can experience life 60. That one mule of a person who challenges you to be kind when it’s most difficult 61. Grandmas and Grandpas who helped make childhood so special 62. The special people who filled spots where parents or grandparents were missing 63. Bananas and peanut butter (or your favorite treat) 64. Fresh baked baguettes that are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside (and other delicious food) 65. The spiritual growth you’ve accomplished (give yourself some credit!) 66. The renewal of spring 67. The relaxing sound of trickling water 68. Gardens with fresh herbs, even if they’re just on your window sill 69. YouTube, for whenever you need to troubleshoot your car or computer, and especially when you need a laugh. 70. All the quotes that inspire you 71. Good cheese, and underrated philosophers 72. The doors that closed on opportunities you wanted but didn’t need 73. The windows that opened when you almost gave up hope 74. All the serendipitous occasions that remind you never to lose faith 75. Everything coconut-related: oil, water, ice cream, flour, cream pie, etc. 76. The hardships that transform us into more capable, understanding, giving, and forgiving people 77. The impossible, for inspiring us to expand our limits 78. The hot showers that completely change your perspective on life 79. Gluten-free bread that doesn’t suck 80. Hearing good news 81. Making good news for others to hear 82. The little depressions that remind you to fight hard for happiness 83. The anxiety that reminds you to feel your emotions so you can learn from them and let them go 84. The fact that you are unconditionally loved and accepted 85. A really good cry 86. Sex 87. New life 88. Beautiful men and women (look in the mirror) 89. The rituals that give security and meaning to daily life 90. Your favorite things 91. The ridiculous people you can always count on for a belly laugh 92. Little touches from people you love that make everything okay 93. Little munchkins who you can never be with quite enough 94. The good examples who’ve inspired you to be your best 95. The bad examples who illuminated the paths you shouldn’t take 96. The movies, music, art, celebrations, and people that remind you just how good it is to be human 97. The you from yesterday you get to compete with today 98. Refreshing walks that calm your mind and ease your spirit 99. The ability to change your whole life with one good decision 100. The option to be grateful no matter where you are or what you’re experiencing
Gratitude is the most important choice in your day—and you can find things to be grateful for everywhere if you look hard enough. If you liked this list, try making your own at the end of each week and put it in a gratitude journal.