50 Things I Am Thankful For

It’s so easy in our day-to-day lives to get caught up in the moment and forget about all the good things that there are to celebrate. Most of these things have very little to do with money (although having money can sometimes make them easier to accomplish). I think it’s important to sit down every once in awhile and reflect on those things I’m thankful for to make sure they aren’t forgotten in the day-to-day dramas.

What I’m thankful for is probably not exactly the same as what you’re thankful for, but I hope that by sharing my list, you might discover a thing or two which you’re also thankful for that you may have not considered before. Here is my list, in no particular order, of 50 things for which I’m thankful:

Life: When you think of the odds that you even exist, then the odds that you ended up exactly where you are today, you have beaten odds far greater than any lottery.

Beaches: It really is impossible to have a bad day if that day is spent at a beach.

glass beach

Nature: The wonder and beauty of it inspires me on a daily basis. My friends often say that it’s my religion. They might be right.

Curiosity: The joy of wanting to learn something new about the things around me on a daily basis is something that I truly love.

Joy: I seem to be able to find it on a daily basis, and the more I find, the more it comes to me.

Friends: It’s funny because as an introvert, I don’t have a lot of them, but the friendships that I do form are the foundation of my life.

Family: We don’t always get along and we tend to fight about petty things, but I know that if I ever needed anyone they would be there for me in an instant. I would be there for them in an instant as well. Besides, I have the two cutest nieces in the world.

Science: A subject that I have never been all that good at and struggled with in school, yet one that fascinates me on a daily basis and I strive to learn more about everyday.

Stars: I still stare at them in the night sky with the wonder of a little boy.

Clouds: I can spend hours watching clouds form shape after shape as they cross the sky.

Sun: There is nothing like feeling the warmth of rays from the sun hitting your face on a brisk morning.

Seasons: Each time a new one rolls around, it seems like a celebration of the new excitement to come.

Smiles: It’s the first thing that I notice about people, and seeing a genuine one can literally make my day.

Laughter: There can never be enough laughter in the world.

Hugs: No matter how you are feeling before you receive a hug, you are going to feel at least a little better after it.

Backrubs: Seriously, do you know anyone who doesn’t love a good backrub?

Wine: A glass of wine at the end of the day is always a welcome treat.

National Parks: Most people don’t realize there are nearly 400 in the US, and that the lesser known ones can be just as beautiful (if not more-so) than the popular ones.

The wave

Love: There is such a huge variety of love out there, but when you have it with another being, you know it.

Romance: Okay, I admit it. Deep down, I’m still a hopeless romantic.

Chocolate: Sneaking snacks between meals just wouldn’t be the same without it.

Surprise: I love it when the unexpected infiltrates the normalcy of my normal day-to-day activities that I’ve become accustomed to.

Sadness: It’s the sign that shows how much you really cared.

Internet: It allows me to make a living while traveling full-time, and provides me with my dream job.

Discovery: One of my favorite things in life is discovering new things each and every day.

Imagination: I’m probably so thankful for this because mine tends to work in overdrive.

Ideas: I love sharing, hearing about and simply thinking about new ideas, and the better ways that we can do things.

Difference: Think what a boring world it would be if everything was always the same. I try to celebrate difference even when that difference isn’t what I would choose for myself.

Music: There’s nothing like the right song to reach deep inside you and pour out exactly what you’re feeling at that moment.

Art: I am fascinated by it and how artists can make it come alive — probably because it’s something that I don’t do well myself, but wish I could.

Health: I can basically do any activity that I want to do without major physical or mental roadblocks in the way. Since I know others who aren’t as fortunate, it’s something that I cherish all the more.

Individuality: I can be who I want to be and you can be who you want to be, and if those are two completely different things, that’s okay. How great is that?

Sunsets: The colors that a sunset can produce still leaves me in awe each time I see a new one. Sunrises are the same way.

beach sunset

Hot Showers: My secret everyday pleasure. I would not have done well living 100 years ago.

Walks: I absolutely love them and try to take at least one a day for my mental health.

Caves: There is just something about them that speaks to me.

Dreams: It fascinates me what my mind comes up with while I’m asleep, and then trying to figure out why it decided that all that strangeness was something I needed to see.

Goals: I love to constantly strive toward them even if I can’t accomplish all the ones I set.

Failure: While I’m not usually all that happy at the time of the failures, I almost always come away with a better understanding and perspective from from the failure.

Classes: I truly wish I had more time to take more of these.

Planes: Think about it. You can get anyplace in the entire world within a day. How fantastic is that?

Road Trips: Do you know anyone who doesn’t love a road trip?

Passion: Whether it’s about something you’re doing or toward another person, having passion is something that is an indescribably feeling.

Bucket Lists: If you don’t have one, you should start making it right this second, and then actively working to cross everything on the list off.

Modern Medicine: I have good friends still alive because of it that wouldn’t be here if we were all born 100 years earlier.

Backyard Gardens: There is something delicious about food that you have grown yourself.

Challenges: They make us do more than we thought we could while at the same time making us better people.

Rainbows: Storm versus sunlight to create pure beauty.

Patience: Something that I am eternally thankful that others have with me, and something that I continue to try to improve on having for others.

Sex: I debated whether to mention this, but let’s face it — it’s awesome.

I hope the above list has made you stop for a moment and consider some of the things which you’re thankful for in your life. I would love to hear some of those things in the comment section.

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104 Responses to 50 Things I Am Thankful For

  1. Teri Newton says:

    I am thankful for online giveaways – hehe. This is awesome.

    There is too much to be thankful for – health, family, employment, warmth, safety – all of the above.

  2. greta says:

    I’m thankful for my pets. No matter what my mood or what I do, they love me unconditionally.

  3. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I am thankful for my husband and kids and to the health of them all

  4. Erica says:

    Thankful for my loving husband and daughter

  5. Kelly R. says:

    My Mom, My daughter and my health.

  6. Kelli says:

    I’m thankful for my health, having a roof over my head and food to eat, my two wonderful dogs, my husband, and the little things like the sound of rain falling, looking at the ocean, finding a random coin on the ground, bubble baths, etc., etc.

  7. Saturday Sadie says:

    I am thankful for my family and our health, that we have food in the pantry and a warm place to call home.

  8. my silly little addition? flush toilets!!

    Nice to see your #2 up so high. Notice all the sea glass on the beach in that picture?? ‘X’ marks the spot!

  9. domestic diva says:

    Toddler giggles.

  10. Deb Anderson says:

    Music and books. Two things that bring me joy no matter what mood I’m in.

  11. Jordann says:

    Fantastic list!
    I’d add ( I don’t think it was on yours ), I’m grateful for the abundance of clean, fresh, healthy food I have access to. Especially fruit! I LOVE fruit 🙂

  12. Kate says:

    I am very thankful for medication. Being able to take something pills to remove a pain is sooo much better than trying to live with it.

  13. Stacy says:

    I am thankful for the obvious things like my family. But I am also thankful for books (and the ability to read them) and vegan cupcakes.

  14. S says:

    So many things to be thankful for.

  15. Candace says:

    I’m thankful to wake up every day. I have obstructive sleep apnea and no insurance.

  16. Jessie C. says:

    I’m thankful for the good health of my family

  17. Wendy Kroy says:

    I am thankful for my family, friends and the health of all of them.

  18. I am thankful that my house is paid for and I am thankful for my 3 great daughters

  19. Cindy Merrill says:

    I am grateful for my Grandfather, who taught me how to be frugal: This has helped me out alot when times were tough.

  20. Elisabeth says:

    I’m thankful to be financially stable!

  21. Kaci Harrison says:

    I’m thankful for my children, my husband, my home, the steps I’ve taken to get to this point in my life and my family =D And music, you can’t live without a beat in your heart <3

  22. Ted Kooper says:

    right now is having a fireplace

  23. Vonnie says:

    Thankful for my family.
    Also for this awesome giveaway! Thanks!

  24. Stephanie P says:

    I’m thankful for my family and friends.

  25. Amy Orvin says:

    I am thankful for my pets, family and home.

  26. I am thankful for my friends and family

  27. Emily says:

    My family and our health.

  28. jenni webb says:

    Sunshine, the ocean, birds and wild life! Relevant freebies and winning contests!!

  29. colleen boudreau says:

    My friends & family.

  30. Laura Harper says:

    I’m thankful for God’s love, my family, a roof over our heads, food on our table and waking up each and everyday that I’ve been alive.

  31. Jerri Davis says:

    ThankFull For Friends and Family. Thank you. Jerri Davis

  32. patientsaver says:

    I am thankful for my (mostly) good health. It’s not something you think about much when you feel fine, but when you have a bad cold as I do now, the contrast between being sick and being healthy is quite stark

  33. Jax says:

    I am grateful for my friends and family. I am grateful for Holidays that bring us from our scattered homes, back to see each other a few times a year and most of all I am grateful for every day I am granted. <3

  34. Shemp DeYoung (@ShempGames) says:

    I know it’s not original, but the things I am most thankful for in my life are my 2 kids.

  35. Devona Fryer says:

    I am most thankful for Jesus! I am also thankful for my family!

  36. Faith says:

    I’m thankful for pretty much everything good 🙂 For a cozy apartment, my boyfriend, the public library, to live in a beautiful city… Hope I win, I’ll be thankful for that, too 😉

  37. Jen Haile says:

    I’m thankful for my family, home, and food in my belly!

  38. Christa Z says:

    I am thankful for an awesome husband, for the houseful of personality we have with 6 very-different-from-each-other children, and that God is ultimately in charge, and not me 🙂

  39. Theresa Miller says:

    I am so thank for my thoughtful husband of 25 years. I am very fortunate to have him in my life.

  40. Gailete says:

    Lovely sentiments and I echo most of those on the original list and many of the other poster’s as well.

    I am grateful that I have things to do in the midst of health challenges that keep my mind keen, and that challenges me to be better and better. My poor health is what allowed me to start selling on line and realized that, yes, I could stay at home and make money as long as I take naps in between 🙂 what I do. So a very big thankful for the internet which besides helping me to earn some money also allows me to be in contact with others.

    I’m also thankful that I’m never bored. My list of things to do, to read, and to write is always longer than my available time.

  41. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    I am thankful for my family, my dogs, having what I do have, I’m alive!

  42. Michelle says:

    I’m thankful for my husband, good food on the table, a warm and safe home, awesome friends, and my two guinea pigs.

  43. jeffrey says:

    Sea Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA

  44. Kim Henrichs says:

    My friends, my kitties, the ability to travel

  45. sara l says:

    I am thankful for so many things in my life…probably the most profound thanks I give every day is for my health and the health of those around me.

  46. Katrina says:

    I am thankful to be alive…I am also thankful for second chances…

  47. Cassandra M says:

    i am thankful for my 5 senses, my wonderful pets and the strays that the higher powers that be have put into my life. my children. and I guess a big one would be my memories.

    I think even though most of them are not good I am still thankful to have them as a reminder of just why and how thankful i am.

  48. Daniel M says:

    for family and friends!

  49. I’m thankful for my family.

  50. Ren says:

    My family 😀

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