You know what they say, “There are always things to be thankful for today.” Well, I’m here to tell you that it is true. Think about the world we live in where we have all the basic things like food, shelter, and clothing – things that people in many other countries don’t have. We have homes that are warm and cozy, our clothes keep us comfortable from the harsh weather, and there is always a variety of food to eat each day.
There are always people who have it worse than you and about a billion other reasons to be thankful, too. That’s why we should all take some time each day to think of at least one thing that we’re grateful for.
Why should I look for things to be thankful for today?
At the time of this post, we live in a global pandemic, and there are plenty of conflicts between countries; many are not as fortunate as us. We are talking about necessities such as food, clean air, even water. Sitting in our air conditioner home, we have the luxury of picking up a phone, and a pizza will get delivered to our very doorsteps.
Have you ever wonder that there are millions out there who are struggling to fill their empty stomachs with food or even find a place for the night.
You may think, ” That is not my problem” Well, you are definitely not wrong there but know that this is not by choice for many, and I am not asking you to go try to make a difference in the world, but just reminding you to be grateful for what we have and not take it for granted.
When we’re grateful for the little things, it will help us feel fulfilled in our day-to-day lives and remind us that many do not even have the simple little things we have.
You will have more kindness, love, and greater appreciation for your life.
Why it’s important to be thankful?
Being thankful is an everyday practice from the day we were born and has always been a part of us. From the moment we open our eyes to when we close them, it had always been with us.
It’s important because being thankful helps people live better and lead healthier lives. It makes people happier, and it is something they can pass on to others.
If you’re not a believer in this theory yet, try it out for one week and see the difference that gratitude has made in your life by then and how much better you feel about yourself, and most importantly, how it impacts the people around you with the little things or differences you had made.
There are so many different types of gratitude we can show. It can be anything from appreciating nature to giving thanks for our work ethic and even what happened in our past – either good or bad.
Let’s take a look at them!
What is relationship gratitude? It’s a feeling of thankfulness or appreciation towards someone, which one can show in many ways.
Relationship gratitude is the closest form to love that we have because when you’re grateful for something and show your thanks through words, thoughts, and actions, they reciprocate those same things back onto us. You might not think it matters, but relationships are a huge part of our lives, and it’s important to be grateful for them.
We should always think about the people we have in our life, whether they are family or friends – either would have helped you through difficult times in certain parts of your life. But there is so much more that relationship gratitude entails with relationships because it includes love and trust, honesty, and empathy.
Relationships are not perfect, and we’re going to have ups and downs, but when you find someone grateful for the same things that you are, it’s hard to let them go because they make us feel good about ourselves in every possible way.
If you’re feeling down on your luck, think about the people in your life and the things that they have done for you or how much they’ve helped you.
Relationships are a two-way street, so be grateful to them when appropriate and show appreciation by doing something kind back. Your relationship will grow stronger because of it!
- Your wife
- Unconditional love
- Acts of kindness and care for others
- Love / Physical affection
The very air that we breathe, the clean water we have are provided by mother nature. Imagine what would happen to you if you do not have clean air or water to take; it would be disastrous as it is associated directly with your survival.
However, we are also the sole creator of the current climate change that is happening. We’ve been given a great responsibility to maintain the delicate balance on this planet, but we had honestly failed because of how much we have taken for granted.
It’s important to be grateful for the planet we live on by taking small steps to help, such as recycling and reduce wastes. It may not be a lot to you, but if everyone does their part, it will help, and that is the least we can do because it provides us with everything necessary for our survival and life while also providing a place where we can explore all of its beauty as well.
- Fresh Air
- The sun/sunsets
- The sea
- Natural landscapes
- Mountains and peaks
Health gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness for the health we have. You must have heard of this at one point, or another “money can’t buy happiness,” and health is one of your greatest happiness. If you are lying in bed because you are sick, you will not go out and enjoy the world.
We should be grateful for our health, it is something many of us take for granted but if you’re sick or injured – not only does your day get ruined but other people will have to look after you as well which can affect their wellbeing too.
Health gratitude isn’t just about physical health but also mental and emotional wellbeing. It doesn’t matter if it is temporary or not; being sick can still affect our lives greatly in many ways.
- Medical advancement
- Modern Medicine
- Oxygen Tank
What is random gratitude? It is simply about us appreciating any acts of kindness such as sharing a mint, hugging our loved ones, or helping an old lady cross the street. Random gratitude is about being grateful for what we have and not focusing on what we don’t.
There is no schedule nor plans; it is a part of you as a person looking at things as your day goes by. As the word suggests, it is random, and all you need is to look at it from your heart, and you will know what to do when you see something that you know your gratitude would mean something to someone.
- Indoor plumbing
- Freedom to travel
Money is and always will be a sensitive subject. Still, it’s important that we always feel grateful for what money can do – be able to provide a roof over our head and food on the table, clothes for ourselves and loved ones, as well as health care when needed.
Every dollar counts, and what may seem like an insignificant thing to you can make all the difference in someone else’s life, and so we should always be grateful for the money we have.
- Credit cards
- Mortgage loans
- Education loan
Food gratitude is one of the most important because it’s a necessity for our survival and sustenance. Ask yourself how many days can you go hungry and how many of those days would you be miserable because of it.
Think about the food you wasted and people who actually cannot afford or get enough food to eat in a day.
When you’re feeling down on your luck, think about the food you have in front of you – not only are you grateful to be able to eat, but so are those who don’t get enough or any at all!
- Home cooked meal
It would be by far the most important change that impacted mankind. We have to give thanks for the invention of electricity; without it, we would not be able to use computers and mobile devices, computers, the internet, or any other electronic device.
Many inventions make our lives easier and more convenient – from microwaves in the kitchen speeding up cooking time to communication devices like mobile phones making life easier to navigate. It is an abundance of gratitude, and we all should feel lucky for living in an era where so many inventions make our lives better!
- Coffee machine
- Your mobile phone or tablet
- Social Media Platforms
- The internet / 4G/ 5G
- Life / escalator
- Key card
- Heater or air conditioner
- Computer / Laptop
- Photocopier / Printer
- Door Dash or Uber Eats
- Emails / Skype / Zoom.
Have you ever even think about the coat you have on during winter? Or the comfortable sneakers you have on that allow you to walk in the blazing hot sun without hurting your feet?
Wardrobe gratitude is important because it teaches people about the clothes they wear, allows us to present ourselves in different situations, and provides us with protection in harsh conditions.
- Seasonal wear
- Flip Flops
It’s comforting to live in our apartment or house and know we are safe and protected. Imagine if we have no place to call our own to go to; what would the condition be for us, and how will we live with the situation.
Personal gratitude is powerful because it helps us see how our lives can be better than what we currently have; it also teaches us to be content with what we have and how others may not have this luxury of stability in their lives.
- Comfy Bed
- Water heater
- Air conditioning
- Good hair days
- Old Photographs
Faith provides a sense of hope and meaning when everything else seems to make no difference.
When we have faith, we know that there is always something bigger than ourselves or our problems, this is very individual, and I am not going to preach. You need to understand that faith motivates and guides us to do better things in our lives.
- The Bible
If you have a job, you will have wages. At the same time, you may secretly hate the job and feel unsatisfied with the progress.
- Career advancement
Benefits of gratitude
Gratitude is a powerful emotion that helps build our confidence and teaches us to be thankful for what we have.
It also allows us to see the bright side of everything and take life less seriously, which can help with stress levels, anxiety, or depression. It’s important because it makes people feel better about themselves, which indirectly impacts our friends and family.
There’s always something worth being grateful for today (and every day) to get through difficult times!
To get the most out of gratitude, it must be intentional. It’s easy to forget what you’re grateful for when things are going well in your life! It is why we should always take time at least once a day to reflect on the many blessings given to us and how they have helped make our lives better. We should not just think about the good things that happened but also reflect on the bad times and see how we overcame them or what lessons they have taught us.
Gratitude does not only occur once a day – it should be an ongoing process of looking for all of the beauty in our lives! It is important to ensure that gratitude permeates every aspect of our lives – from the people, our family that we’re surrounded with to the food on our plates.
Why should you make a gratitude list
Including gratitude in our lives is a form of self-care – it allows us to think about what we have, even if the list only has one item.
A list of things not just helps with mental health but also physical wellbeing. It also builds up your self-esteem and sense of worth. It can be written daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly, but the goal is to make a list of all the things you’re grateful for.
This technique helps us focus on what we have in life rather than being negative when things seem bad – it’s important because it helps us find peace and happiness.
There are many benefits of gratitude, but the most important one is that we can use this technique daily which will help increase our moods from negative to positive.
Final thoughts on things to be thankful for today
Even when you feel like everything is going wrong, there are always things to be grateful for today. You’re alive! Feel the wind on your face, and the sun in your eyes-those are two good reasons to be thankful that we can’t take for granted.
If it’s been a while since you’ve taken stock of all the great things in life, make a list of 100 or more things you’re grateful for today. It will help motivate and inspire yourself as well as anyone who reads it later.”