I’m re-releasing a post about gratitude from last year, with some small updates. Enjoy!
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ― A.A. Milne
It’s that time of year again – Thanksgiving! A great reminder to practice gratitude.
Practicing gratitude is one of the best ways to manage depression and anxiety.
Ever try to practice gratitude, but run out of ideas? Well you’re in luck, because here are 100 of mine.
Some of the things on this list are so… basic.
Remember, there are likely people in your own neighborhood who are missing things you take for granted.
A refrigerator may seem like a silly thing to be grateful for… but once yours stops working, you realize how important it is.
You may not be able to tick off everything on this list. Focus your attention on what you do have. It may sound harsh, but the truth is that life doesn’t owe us a damn thing. We are lucky for anything and everything we have.
100 Things to be Grateful for
- Somewhere to live
- Something to eat
- Winter wear (coat, scarves, hats, etc.)
- Access to a working shower and toilet
- Access to clean water
- Somewhere convenient to buy groceries
- An internet connection
- Air conditioning
- A dishwasher
- A garbage disposal
- A refrigerator
- A stove
- An oven
- A microwave
- Somewhere to wash our clothes
- A car, or other mode of transportation
- A heart that pumps on its own, or with assisted devices
- Muscles that move
- Strong bones
- Any parts of our bodies that do not experience chronic pain
- Everything we love about the way our bodies look
- The ability to care for our hygiene and grooming
- The ability to change our mind
- The ability to change our attitude
- Eyes that see
- Ears that hear
- A nose that smells
- The ability to taste
- The ability to touch
- The ability to walk, or to use assisted devices to be mobile
- Fine motor skills
- The ability to smile
- The ability to laugh
- The ability to communicate with each other
- The ability to read
- The ability to write
- The ability to count and do basic math
- The ability to create music and art
- The ability to learn
- The ability to grow as a person
- The ability to work
- A job
- The ability to build things
- The ability to help others
- The ability to forgive
- The ability to love
- Holding hands
- A friend or friends
- Parents, a parent, or a caregiver
- A sibling or siblings
- A childhood mentor, teacher, or anyone who believed in you
- An adult mentor
- A significant other
- Chosen family
- Anyone in your life you can go to if you need help
- The ability to create life
- A pet or pets
- A salary, social security, or retirement fund
- Health insurance
- Access to healthcare
- Mental health services
- A gym membership
- Public parks
- Freedom of speech
- Freedom of religion
- Other rights we have in our country of origin
- Tea and coffee
- Cozy pillows and blankets
- Hot baths and showers
- Spa treatments, massage, mani-pedis etc.
- Vacations and travel
- Time – down time, time to spend with friends and family, etc.
- Moments of peace and joy
- Life itself
What on this list do you take for granted, that you feel grateful for this season? Comment below.
Rebecca Ogle is a licensed therapist who practices teletherapy in Illinois. Rebecca empowers therapy clients to cope with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and burnout using their natural strengths and inner wisdom.