35 Life Things To Be Thankful For

There is an abundance of things to be thankful for all around you. Yet, many people do not recognize or appreciate this, which can lead to a life that feels empty, discontent, and constantly seeking something else to satisfy this feeling of dissatisfaction and emptiness temporarily.

Every day people are suffering who would trade lives with you tomorrow, and that’s the reality of the situation.

An enormous amount of these very same people lack the necessities to survive, and they are struggling daily, trying to make ends meet.

Do you want to know one of the most simple, beautiful things about these people?

Every day they find things to be thankful for, like the recognition that they woke up this morning and are breathing, yet most of us don’t have a passing thought of these things because we struggle to relate to their position.

However, we can learn a lot from these people and hold on to all that we have in our lives to be thankful for and appreciate that everything begins with gratitude to live a blissful life.

Give the following 35 things a read to be thankful for, and take a moment to appreciate all you have.

1. Life’s Challenges

When it comes to challenges, I like to phrase: “No challenges, no growth.” Challenges are essential for us as humans. They help you become more resilient, robust, efficient, and appreciative. Without some of the challenges you have faced before today, you wouldn’t be the person you are now, and you should be thankful for that.

2. Good Health

We all have suffered from some ailment before; however, regardless of whether you have a more severe health issue or not, take stock of your current predicament and be thankful that things aren’t more severe than they could be. For example, when you read this article, your local hospital is attending to people fighting for their lives, so this should give you every reason to feel grateful for your health.

3. The Internet

Do you remember a time before the internet? It seems strange even to know it existed. The internet gives you all the information you want and need at your very fingertips. Want to learn something – go online. Not sure about the directions of an address – go online. It’s about time we didn’t take this genius idea for granted and paid gratitude to it.

4. Army

Without the army, we wouldn’t be as secure as we would like, so for this reason, we ought to be thankful. Being in the armed forces is not an easy role. They protect and serve our country and keep our families safe, all the while putting their lives on the line every day.

5. Learning from Mistakes

The very fact that, as humans, we can learn from the mistakes we make is a powerful thing. To know that if we repeat the same mistake, it is now a conscious choice is breathtaking.

6. The Act of Kindness From a Stranger

There are many great feelings in life, but none like getting help from a stranger when you need it most. There’s just something different about it. Remember that they aren’t obliged to assist you during your difficult time, so take a second to be thankful that these people exist.

7. Music

Music is nostalgic, and music allows us to connect with ourselves emotionally. It also entertains us and brings people together. We should be blessed that we have a variety of music to listen to whenever we like.

8. Food Supermarkets

Supermarkets provide us with most of the supplies we need, which saves us hunting for it all day with no guarantee of finding anything to eat. Food stores are a luxury, and you should be thankful they are accessible.

9. Friends

Good friends are hard to come by, yet they are appreciated the most during our most challenging times. If you have supportive friends who you can rely on no matter what, then you are a very fortunate, blessed person.

10. Eyesight

Having eyesight allows you to soak in all the wonders and beauty surrounding you, and it doesn’t cost you a penny. Nature is stunning, and it is everywhere you look. You must be grateful for the gift of sight as a blind would cherish this.

11. The Earth

There are many wonders of the Universe, and Earth is one of them. Without it, our lives wouldn’t exist. Life begins and ends on Earth, and we ought to enjoy playing this game.

12. Diversity

The world is so diverse, and if you have had the pleasure of experiencing some of the different places on it, you will see that many of us are lost and do not appreciate this. The amount of diversity around us is unreal.

13. Your Job

It is easy to complain about what job you have and wish you had something else, but do you ever stop and take a moment to be thankful that you have one? A job gives you the means to live and contribute to society. There are millions of homeless people who would trade places with you in a heartbeat so they could afford to live with a roof over their heads and eat food.

14. Modern Medicine

In the not too distant past, diseases known as incurable are now curable due to the gift of modern medicine. It is so advanced that it is saving countless lives daily. Furthermore, with everyday medicine, people live longer and stay healthier than ever before.

15. Cars

Cars make our lives so much easier than riding on a horse or walking miles upon miles to reach our destination, for example. Not only that, we get to travel in comfort too. The time saved on commutes with a car frees us up to do other things. Another reason to be grateful.

16. Electricity

Having electricity makes life so much more convenient. Stop and imagine living without it? How would you cope? Everything would take so much more time and effort to accomplish.

17. Tears

Contrary to popular belief, tears are a beautiful thing. They are a way to experience the pain we’re in and show others that pain. As bizarre as it may seem, tears are something to be thankful for.

18. Being Able To Read

Reading is a gift quickly taken for granted as education can be the root behind many people’s success. If you can read, you understand what is going on in your immediate environment and the world. Many people are illiterate, so count yourself lucky that you can read.

19. Mobile Phones

Picture 100 years ago when the gift of mobile phones was not around. Nowadays, if there is service, you have the luxury of connecting with friends and family anywhere, anytime. Not only that, but you have instant access to find out any information you want from your fingertips, which is enough of a reason to feel blessed.

20. Education

Without education, you wouldn’t be the person you are today and have obtained the necessary skills. There is a vast amount to be learned from teaching, and for that, you should feel incredibly blessed and fortunate.

21. Clothes That Keep You Warm

There are so many clothing options available to keep us warm when temperatures are low, and we’d struggle to be comfortable and survive without them. If it is cold where you are, and you are getting dressed, take a moment to pay gratitude for the clothes on your back.

22. Your Mind

Acting, thinking, and moving your body start from the mind. It is unique and mysterious, and we should be thankful for that.

23. Fears

Similar to challenges, our fears can either make us or break us. Conditioning dictates that humans are better at running away from their most significant fears; however, if you find the courage and face them, you will realize your growth opportunities, increase your self-esteem, and reduce your self-doubt.

24. The Sun

Bright sunshine puts a smile on your face and enhances your mood. It makes you feel alive and excited and provides you with the essential vitamins the body requires.

25. Time

Time waits for no one or nothing, so be thankful that you have the amount you do. Never wish your life away. When you are spending time with your family and kids, stop and pay a moment of gratitude for it. The same applies when you are with your friends; enjoy every second of having fun.

26. Your Significant Other

Having a significant other to share your life with should never be taken for granted. It is a very fortunate position to be in, and it is breathtaking at times to share multiple experiences. Although there are inevitable periods of growth in a relationship – some of which are more painful than others – it is all part of the beauty of companionship. You should therefore feel blessed and honored to be in this position.

27. Children

If you do not have children yet, it is hard to imagine the pleasure and joy a child brings to your life. The slightest look they give you reminds you that you have so much to be thankful for, and it is truly a sight to behold watching them grow into a beautiful person.

28. Love

Humans are unique creatures, and one of the main reasons is that we can love and be loved. The world wouldn’t be anywhere the same if love did not exist. You needn’t utter one word, yet the energy of love is powerful and magnetic. If you rarely contemplate the sheer magnitude love has on the human race, it is worth stopping and doing so, giving thanks for its existence.

29. The Ability To Hear

We have one mouth and two ears for a reason. The ability to listen is an incredible sense. It allows you to comprehend the words being said to you and formulate a response back to that person. This is communication at its finest. It also gives you the ability to increase your empathy and compassion towards others, which is also a great benefit.

30. Being Able To Laugh

As humans, we are blessed with laughing, which brings us joy and happiness. It also reduces stress and raises endorphins, as laughter is the best medicine. Laughter is something to be thankful for.

31. Money

You may think you have very little money to survive on (and perhaps you do), but there is someone out there who earns less than you, or worse, is homeless. If there’s money in the bank – no matter the amount – you are wealthier than those who are in astronomical amounts of debt, utterly stressed out.

32. Fresh Air

There’s something about the fresh air hitting the lungs that feels magical. If you can step outside and breathe it in, you are fortunate. It costs nothing to feel alive by taking fresh air into the body.

33. Sea/Oceans

When you stare at even part of the sea or ocean, it hits home how small and insignificant we indeed are in comparison. There’s a stillness that amplifies beauty and serenity, yet water is one of the most powerful and deadly things on the planet. We ought to be grateful for this great natural form of beauty.

34. Air Conditioning

We should be blessed to have air conditioning to support us during hot weather. Imagine how people felt years ago without it? Some didn’t survive, so we need to pay gratitude to air conditioning preventing us from severe health consequences at certain times of the year and in certain countries.

35. Indoor Plumbing

Am I sure you’d instead reduce the chances of being sick by having a plumbing system in your house? Of course, I am! Not only that, but it enables you to be provided with water directly, which saves you so much time and effort than having to go and fetch it yourself.

About the author

Chris Jones

I'm Chris. I have a vast interest in all things relating to health, wellness, exercise, and nutrition. I also love to improve my mindset and learn how to increase my productivity. If you'd like to say hello or ask me a question, please visit my contact page, and I'd be glad to hear from you. Alternatively, you can find me on Twitter (@liveliftlife).