Being Grateful: 100 Things to Be Thankful For Today

There are no shortage of studies on the positive effects of having an attitude of being grateful. People who practice gratitude and being thankful for what they have have been known to have higher levels of positive emotions, a stronger immune system, feel less lonely, and have more happiness. Who wouldn’t want all that?

Being grateful everyday is one of the main reasons that I was able to work on overcoming anxiety and facing my fears to travel the world.

Being thankful is not as hard as you may think. Try this:When you notice yourself thinking of something negative, switch it around to what you are grateful for about the situation.

When you are stuck in morning traffic, be grateful for being able to listen to your music for an extra twenty minutes. If your travel partner gets a cold in Malta which botches your dream date night, be thankful for room service. Instead of focusing on how cold it is while walking through the streets of Zurich, be grateful for the warm chestnut stands. If you get lost in San Francisco, missing the opening of the Opera, have gratitude for being able to walk the streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.


Another tip is to start each morning and end each evening by listing five things you are grateful for. In the beginning it will probably be a struggle to come up with a mere five items for this gratitude list (it was for me!), being wrapped up in a world full of fear and negativity can disguise the good in your life.


Did you just drink a deliciously warm cup of coffee? Or did you connect with a friend by text? Or enjoy a heartwarming movie on television?

Can’t think of anything to be thankful for? See the grateful ideas below and add some to your list of things to be thankful for.

Thankful for the view at Montestigliano luxury villa estate in Tuscany

Being Grateful: Top 100 Things to Be Thankful For Today

  1. Aroma Therapy Candles
  2. Raw cookie dough
  3. Babies Tiny Fingernails
  4. Puppies (Especially Puppy Breath)
  5. Foot Massages
  6. The Smell of Coffee Brewing
  7. Starry Nights
  8. Cuddling With a Warm Pile of Laundry
  9. Puffy Clouds
  10. Flushing Toilets
  11. Hot Chocolate with Baby Marshmallows
  12. Hot Showers
  13. Finding Unexpected Money in Your Pockets
  14. Handwritten Letters
  15. Spooning in Bed
  16. Keyboard Shortcuts
  17. Free Samples
  18. Fuzzy Socks
  19. Fall Leaves Changing Colors
  20. Happy Hour
  21. Digital Cameras
  22. Fresh Fruit Smoothies
  23. Reading a Good Book (here’s the one I wrote — shameless plug)
    • Your Health
      Gratitude: Be thankful for what you Have
  24. Recorded DVR Shows
  25. Warm Rain
  26. Sincere Apologies
  27. The Perfect Pair of Jeans
  28. The Smell of a BBQ
  29. A Good Nights Sleep
  30. Being Loved
  31. Dark Chocolate Candy Bars
  32. Waves Crashing on the Beach
  33. Music that Brings Back Wonderful Memories
  34. Access to the Internet
  35. Bear Hugs
  36. The Ability to Learn Something New
  37. The Smell of Christmas Trees
    Thank for the snowflakes and smell of Christmas trees in Montana
  38. Random Acts of Kindness
  39. Having Exact Change
  40. Girls/Boys Nights Out
  41. The Convenience of Online Shopping
  42. Spellcheck
  43. Eating Dessert First
  44. Farmers Markets
  45. Rainbows
  46. Good Hair Days
  47. Not Having to Set an Alarm
  48. Netflix
  49. Picturesque Waterfalls
  50. Long Weekends
  51. Wearing Your Favorite Scent (Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for me!)
  52. Date Nights
  53. Campfires
  54. Indoor Plumbing
  55. Payday
  56. Roadtrips
  57. Home Cooked Meals
  58. Burnt Orange Sunsets
    Thankful for the The sunset in Raja Ampat
  59. A Pile of Leaves to Jump In
  60. The Snooze Button
  61. The Perfect Playlist
  62. Lavender Fields in Bloom
  63. Uncontrollable Laughs
  64. Sleeping In
  65. Your Significant Other
  66. Good Conversations
  67. Old Photographs
  68. Birds Chirping in the Morning
  69. Fluffy Down Pillows
  70. A Funny Joke
  71. Wanderlust
  72. New Experiences
  73. Rocking Chairs
  74. Food Trucks
  75. Treehouses
  76. Sweet Dreams
  77. Infinity Pools
  78. 24-Hour Restaurants
  79. Sweet Surprises
  80. Drinking Straight From a Coconut
    Annette drinking from a coconut in Raja Ampat, Indonesia
  81. Napping in a Hammock
  82. GPS
  83. Noise Canceling Headphones (these Bose are the bomb!)
  84. Thermal Spas
  85. Wraparound House Porches
  86. Clean Sheets
  87. Dollar Stores
  88. Animal Sanctuaries
  89. The Change of Seasons
  90. Pizza!
  91. A Rainy Day Drinking Hot Tea
  92. Movie Marathons
  93. A Good Glass of Wine
  94. Picnics in the Park
  95. Homemade Pasta
  96. Quaint Towns with Cobbled Streets
  97. Heart Emojis
  98. The Smell of Freshly Baked Cookies
  99. Bucket Lists — of course (see my bucket list)

What are you thankful for today? Hopefully you are now inspired to write a list of what you are grateful for each day and that it  will add to your positivity.

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8 thoughts on “Being Grateful: 100 Things to Be Thankful For Today”

  1. First of all, i would like to thank you for giving us this cool list that we did in day-to-day life. I think the most important and responsible thing to which we should thankful is God and you have forgotten to mention them. Thanks for sharing this post.

  2. There’s truly a lot of things to be grateful for – from simple to life-changing things.. It’s just that sometimes they get overshadowed by our fears or negative thoughts.. But my greatest reminder of gratitude would be at the beginning of every day, I get to wake up and have another chance to be closer to goals.. that as the day starts, I already have the most wonderful thing to be grateful for – God took the time to wake me up :) Thanks for writing this and inspiring people :D

  3. For God ,The miracle of life love compassion and all that is you,inspiration when we do an act of kindness for anyone or all,And the good lord above sent me here as a reminder of my sister in Heaven today YOU SEE HER NAME WAS ANNETTE.Happy Thanksgiving to you and all

  4. Thank you for the list of wonderful things we love to be grateful for. I think I’ll start writing daily gratitude lists. Thank you again x


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