Gratitude – 50 Things I am Thankful For

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Gratitude

Gratitude is an amazing thing. Did you know that having sincere emotions of gratitude has a calming effect on the mind and body? There is evidence showing that when we bring attention to the things we appreciate in our life, we are more susceptible to catching the positivity virus. Oh no! Gratitude breeds positive emotion which leads to a healthier mind and body, and leaves little room for negativity.  (Read The Power of Positivity)

Today is Thanksgiving, our national day for giving thanks, which is nice and all, but giving thanks is not an annual event. This is a practice that should be done daily, in fact, I prefer twice a day; once before getting out of bed, and once before pulling up the covers and drifting into dreamland. This ensures you start the day on the right side of the bed, and also clears out the mind-clutter before calling it a night. That’s a free 8 hours of overnight brain-time that could potentially train your brain to focus on the good things.

At a Thanksgiving dinner do you hear a lot of:

  • I’m thankful for uh… a roof over my head.
  • I’m thankful for this big juicy turkey that is about to enter my belly.
  • I’m thankful for the big screen TV I’ll be buying tomorrow on Black Friday.

Gratitude is more than listing items you think you should be thankful for, such as life’s necessities (shelter, food) or material desires (new TV).  Reach for a deeper level of gratitude and help yourself realize how much there is to be thankful for.  Gratefulness for basic physiological needs or material desires is not as emotionally impacting as gratefulness for your deep relationship with your partner or the satisfaction you get from a job well done.

Another type of gratitude is focused towards oneself. It may sound egotistical, but I assure you it’s not.  Be thankful for your strengths, accomplishments, and good traits.  Be thankful for having a body that can do so many things.  Be thankful if you can dance like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever or are the reigning champ at Wii Bowling. Gratitude towards oneself leads to higher self-esteem, self-worth, and positive outlook on life.

Today, I have a challenge for you.  Let’s take some time to focus on what you are thankful for.  Sit down for 15 to 30 minutes, and make a list of at least 50 well thought-out things you are thankful for. Care to try for a hundred?

Now, choose your favorites and leave them in a comment to share with everyone!

To fulfill my end of the challenge, here is a list of 50 things I’m thankful for:

Basics:

1. I am thankful I have a roof over my head.

2. I am thankful for the food in my belly and not worrying about my next meal.

3. I am thankful for the clothes I am wearing.

4. I am thankful for my comfortable bed.

5. I am thankful for the most amazing family.

6. I am thankful for my wonderful nieces and nephews.

7. I am thankful for my terrific support network.

8. I am thankful for my friends all across the globe.

9. I am thankful for my car that gets me around.

10. I am thankful for my college education.

11. I am thankful for our Jacuzzi!

12. I am thankful for being unique.  (just like everyone else Winking smile)

Family:

13. I am thankful for my mother who is the most generous, thoughtful, and unselfish person I know.

14. I am thankful for my father who pushed me to go farther in the directions I wanted to go.

15. I am thankful for my big brother and his high intelligence and kind heart (whether he admits it or not). I am thankful for him and his wife for making me an uncle of three wonderful children.

16. I am thankful for my sister who is a gem of joy and inspiration, and married a great guy. They are now starting their own beautiful family, and their kid makes me smile every day.

17. I am thankful for my youngest sister and her never ending talents! I am thankful for our ever growing relationship and the good times we share.

18. I am thankful for my wonderful in-laws and that my siblings didn’t marry loonies. Well… I probably shouldn’t go that far.

19. I am thankful for the family difficulties we’ve had that have made us that much tighter.

20. I am thankful for the happiness they bring me.

World:

21. I am thankful for beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

22. I am thankful for the opportunities I’ve had travel the world.

23. I am thankful for the thousands of languages that make this world interesting.

24. I am thankful for our world leaders who do their best to manage billions of people.

25. I am thankful for spiritual and religious leaders  who do their best teach others how to live a fulfilling life and reach their potential.

26. I am thankful for a medium such as this (internet) for sharing information and experiences.

27. I am thankful for http://www.couchsurfing.com because it made my trip around Europe much more exciting. Not to mention all the wonderful new friendships!

28. I am thankful for my experiences living in Spain and the wonderful people I met and the children I taught.

29. I am thankful I was able to travel through Europe with some of my best friends.

30. I am thankful for the stars and moon that light the night, and the energy I feel when the sun is out.

Emotional:

31. I am thankful for being happy.

32. I am thankful for the confidence I have in myself.

33. I am thankful for the difficult and sometimes traumatic experiences that have helped shaped my ability to handle future difficulties.

34. I am thankful for the little bird in my head reminding me of how I want to live when I’m not living it.

35. I am thankful for the love I feel for my friends and family.

36. I am thankful for being able to feel my emotions.

37. I am thankful for moments that make my heart pump 3x harder.

Physical:

38. I am thankful I have a body.

39. I am thankful I can run and play sports.

40. I am thankful for my coordination.

41. I am thankful for my typing-speed (sure saves time).

42. I am thankful for my new eyes (lasik).

43. I am thankful for my graying beard, it makes me look distinguished Winking smile

44. I am thankful for a functioning brain (some may argue this point)

Other/Random:

45. I am thankful for libraries!

46. I am thankful for the wonderful ladies at my library.

47. I am thankful for technology, because without it I’d be a disorganized mess.

48. I am thankful for the delicious drinking water in my state.

49. I am thankful for my incredibly comfy slippers.

50. I am thankful for my wonderful friend currently living in Spain, and still finding time to read and give feedback on this website.

Now it’s your turn! Let’s hear them!

Book Recommendation: Thanks!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier by Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D

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6 thoughts on “Gratitude – 50 Things I am Thankful For”

  1. Debi says:

    My Top 5:
    1. I am thankful that God loves me and gives me Grace.
    2. I am also thankful for my family who loves me and who has blessed me with awesome grandchildren.
    3. I have a husband who loves me for who I am!!
    4. I am grateful for my friends who give me support.
    5. I am thankful for my health…I get to chase my grand-kiddos!!

    1. Greg says:

      Liana and Debi, thanks for sharing!

  2. Liana says:

    It was too hard to come up with a Top 5, so here’s a random sampling:

    – The kindness of strangers.
    – Fast friends.
    – Written correspondence.
    – Laughter, particularly the uncontrollable kind.
    – Self-worth.

  3. Chelsie says:

    I have tons to be thankful for every single day! Soo..I just wanted to say hi and sorry this is a few months late…..
    Im thankful for:
    -Being greated every morning with a huge smile from my adorable son
    -The joy Carter brings to everyone
    -My huge support group aka my familia 🙂
    -Sleeping everynight out of the wind and rain
    -A husband I can call my best friend (most of the time: ) )
    -A forgiving God who loves me unconditionally
    -The random smiles from strangers that brighten your day
    -Really good baby books that encourage me and give me great advice!
    -Darla Doo (enough said)
    -A brother named foofer who has been such a great friend to me, our language together is laughter..and I love that!
    – Brother Matt who tests my people skills and always gives me a challenge:)
    -My sister who I can talk to about anything, and love hanging out with!
    -My mother who has a heart of gold, she puts everyone before her self. She is also my good friend.
    -My father who is my hero. He always knows what to say..in a calm and collect way .. he never judges and loves unconditionally.
    OK, I could go on for forever. Thank you for this post.. its nice to reflect on the good in your life! 🙂

    1. Greg says:

      Great Chelsie! And you are not ‘late’… there is no deadline for being thankful!

  4. Patricia says:

    I am thankful for reading this blog
    I am thankful for God’s amazing love and for creating Greg Yung
    I am thankful i can write, read and spell
    I am thankful for 3 cutest children ever!
    I am thankful for my husband
    I am thankful for my mom and my dad who are still alive and married after 37 yrs!

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