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?

Gratitude Journal: 100 Things to be Thankful for Today | Grateful Ideas | Benefits | How to Practice Gratitude

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.

There is always something to be grateful for—always.

Being Gratfeul: Annette at the Savage Neck Dunes in the Eastern Shore of Virginia

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.

Think hard.

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)
  24. Your Health
    Gratitude: Be thankful for what you Have
  25. Recorded DVR Shows
  26. Warm Rain
  27. Sincere Apologies
  28. The Perfect Pair of Jeans
  29. The Smell of a BBQ
  30. A Good Nights Sleep
  31. Being Loved
  32. Dark Chocolate Candy Bars
  33. Waves Crashing on the Beach
  34. Music that Brings Back Wonderful Memories
  35. Access to the Internet
  36. Bear Hugs
  37. The Ability to Learn Something New
  38. The Smell of Christmas Trees
    Thank for the snowflakes and smell of Christmas trees in Montana
  39. Random Acts of Kindness
  40. Having Exact Change
  41. Girls/Boys Nights Out
  42. The Convenience of Online Shopping
  43. Spellcheck
  44. Eating Dessert First
  45. Farmers Markets
  46. Rainbows
  47. Good Hair Days
  48. Not Having to Set an Alarm
  49. Netflix
  50. Picturesque Waterfalls
  51. Long Weekends
  52. Wearing Your Favorite Scent (Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for me!)
  53. Date Nights
  54. Campfires
  55. Indoor Plumbing
  56. Payday
  57. Roadtrips
  58. Home Cooked Meals
  59. Burnt Orange Sunsets
    Thankful for the The sunset in Raja Ampat
  60. A Pile of Leaves to Jump In
  61. The Snooze Button
  62. The Perfect Playlist
  63. Lavender Fields in Bloom
  64. Uncontrollable Laughs
  65. Sleeping In
  66. Your Significant Other
  67. Good Conversations
  68. Old Photographs
  69. Birds Chirping in the Morning
  70. Fluffy Down Pillows
  71. A Funny Joke
  72. Wanderlust
  73. New Experiences
  74. Rocking Chairs
  75. Food Trucks
  76. Treehouses
  77. Sweet Dreams
  78. Infinity Pools
  79. 24-Hour Restaurants
  80. Sweet Surprises
  81. Drinking Straight From a Coconut
    Annette drinking from a coconut in Raja Ampat, Indonesia
  82. Napping in a Hammock
  83. GPS
  84. Noise Canceling Headphones (these Bose are the bomb!)
  85. Thermal Spas
  86. Wraparound House Porches
  87. Clean Sheets
  88. Dollar Stores
  89. Animal Sanctuaries
  90. The Change of Seasons
  91. Pizza!
  92. A Rainy Day Drinking Hot Tea
  93. Movie Marathons
  94. A Good Glass of Wine
  95. Picnics in the Park
  96. Homemade Pasta
  97. Quaint Towns with Cobbled Streets
  98. Heart Emojis
  99. The Smell of Freshly Baked Cookies
  100. 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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