90 Things to Be Thankful For
Sometimes when we get down it's hard to remember all the things we have to be thankful for. Well, no worries. Here's a list of things to be thankful for today.
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Do you want to express thankfulness for the people, things, and experiences in your life? That's great! Gratitude can not only help us form closer, more satisfying bonds with others, but it feels good too. So in this article we'll give you a list of things to be thankful for in different areas of your life. You'll discover, unique, funny, and deep things to be thankful for. We'll also talk about things to be thankful for at Thanksgiving and post-2020.
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What Is Thankfulness? ( A Definition)
Gratitude—or thankfulness or appreciation—is often considered to be a positive—and frequently experienced—emotion, especially later in life (Chipperfield, Perry, & Weiner, 2003). It's also considered to be a social emotion, or at least an other-directed emotion because it's generally directed towards other people or outside of the self (Emmons & McCullough, 2004). Importantly, expressing and experiencing thankfulness is positively linked with happiness and well-being (Bono, Emmons, & McCullough, 2004). All this is to say that being thankful feels good and is good for us. So why not do it as often as we can. To get started, here are some things to be thankful for.
Here Are Things to Be Thankful For Today
Here are some basic things that most of us can be thankful for each and every day regardless of who we are or where we are in our lives. Experiment by saying these thankful phrases out loud and see which ones feel good to you. When you find things that you are genuinely grateful for, take a moment to notice and express your gratitude to boost your happiness and well-being.
Things to be thankful for today:
Things to Be Thankful For in 2020 and Beyond
It's not 2020 anymore, but 2020 was a hard year for just about everyone. And even during and since 2020, there are things to be thankful for. Here are some things we can be thankful for since 2020.
Funny Things to Be Thankful For
Gratitude doesn't need to only be about serious stuff—like food, water, or shelter. We can also be thankful for funny stuff. Here are some funny things you may be thankful for:
Unique Things to Be Thankful For
Sometimes practicing gratitude can get a little boring when we just express thankfulness for the same things over and over again. That's why pushing yourself to think of unique things you're grateful for can be helpful. Including variety in your gratitude practice can also make it more effective. So here are some unique things to be thankful for. Don't worry if these don't fit you. Instead, you could use these ideas as inspiration to think up your own unique things to be thankful for.
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Deep Things to Be Thankful For
In addition to funny things to be thankful for, you may want to dig deeper to reflect on more complex things. If you take some time to pause and reflect, you'll likely find that you're even at least a bit grateful for the difficult things in your life.
Things to Be Thankful For at Work
Another part of life where we might have a hard time feeling thankfulness is our work. It can be grueling, tough, and unfair. But if we can find ways to be grateful for parts of our work, we help ourselves enjoy it a bit more. So here are some ideas:
Things to Be Thankful For at Thanksgiving
One of the most popular times of year to practice gratitude is at Thanksgiving (at least in the US). If you're looking for some things to be thankful for this holiday season, check out these:
Lists of Things to Be Thankful For
Here are a few more lists of things to be thankful for that were created by other writers:
Three Things to Be Thankful For Exercise
Martin Seligman, who is sometimes considered the founder of positive psychology, conducted a study where participants were asked to write down three good things and their causes each day for a week. The people who did this exercise, versus those who didn't, reported more happiness 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months later (Seligman, Steen, Park, & Peterson, 2005). This suggests that this exercise may help us to pay more attention to the things we're grateful for and that it is good for our mental well-being. So consider giving it a try.
One More List of Things to Be Thankful For in Life
Still need more ideas for things to be thankful for. Here's one more list with the items that I'm thankful for today.
More Articles to Help You With Thankfulness
Here are a few more articles that may help you learn more about gratitude and different ways to practice and grow this skill:
Taking a few minutes each day to notice and reflect on what you're thankful for can be an easy and effective way to boost your mood and your well-being. Hopefully, this article was a good jumping-off point to get you started or help you get some ideas.