Friday, 22 July 2016

Ten Everyday Things To Be Grateful For

I've noticed a lot of mentions of gratitude lately, including quite a few people doing various kinds of gratitude journaling - a quick Amazon search brings up over 17,000 results! Gratitude is something I've tried to practice for a few years now, and I try to take a couple of minutes at bedtime each night to be grateful for the things in my life; I really find that taking a moment to appreciate the things I have, can really improve my outlook on life. Some days there are big, obvious things to be grateful for, and on other days we really have to take whatever we can think of... Here are ten everyday things which we can often take for granted, but we still ought to be grateful for.
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Friends & Family
My family often drive me to distraction, but I do love them, and I'm lucky to have such supportive people around me. We all have our faults but that's being human isn't it? I do try to let my friends and family know I appreciate them, too.
Food & Water
An obvious one! So many people aren't as lucky as we are and don't have enough to eat, or clean water to drink and wash in, so I always include this in my list. It seems like such a little thing but little things certainly add up.
Shelter
I know I often complain about living with my parents, but I'm still incredibly lucky that I have somewhere to live, a roof over my head, and a warm bed to sleep in. I hope never to take this for granted.
Health
This one obviously fluctuates and is different for everyone, but I always try to be thankful for the things my body is capable of - whether I've been for a run or to the gym, taken the dog for a walk, or just had a hard shift at work. My body is remarkable and I'm grateful for my health.
Internet Access
Fellow bloggers will know where I'm coming from with this one! It's super frustrating when the internet's down, and having internet access gives us so many opportunities that we wouldn't otherwise have - from keeping in touch with friends and family, to work prospects and hobbies such as blogging.
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Pets
I do love my dog a ridiculous amount, and having a pet who loves you unconditionally is so rewarding. I'm so grateful to have him in my life! No-one else is as consistently happy to see me...
Education
I enjoyed my education and I'm thankful for the opportunities it brings me now. Even something as simple as curling up to enjoy a good book just wouldn't be possible if I hadn't had the chance to go to school as a child - again, I hope I never take this for granted as it's something so many people just don't have the opportunity to do.
My Car
I wrote a whole post about the reasons I love being a driver, but it's mainly the independence that it gives me. I'm lucky that I was able to learn to drive and that I can (just about!) afford to run my car.
My Job
This is popping up less frequently at the moment due to being "between jobs" but in the past, I've made a point of being grateful for my job, not only because it pays, but also because it gives me the opportunity to help people, which is super important to me.
Chocolate
This may or may not be related to a certain time of the month, but I figure anything that helps prevent me from commiting murder has to be worth being thankful for...

What are you grateful for? Is there anything you'd add to my list? Do you practice gratitude journaling or anything similar?

xo
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31 comments:

  1. lately i have been trying to be very grateful for the simple things and it helps so much.


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    1. It really does make a difference doesn't it Elena! :) xo

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  2. We should be grateful for simple things, so many people in the world don't have clean water still for example.

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    1. Exactly, it's so easy to forget how lucky we are in so many respects! xo

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  3. This is a great list. I agree with the health one. I lost my good health 3 years ago and people so often take it for granted. i enjoyed this post. Angela from Daysinbed

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Angela! I know they say you don't know what you've got til it's gone but I don't want to live like that, I do think it's important to appreciate the things you have :) xo

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  4. I am grateful for my children. I had never planned to have children so young but they have really shaped how my life is now.

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    1. Aw that's lovely Carly! Life doesn't always go to plan but it can still work out okay :) xo

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  5. I loved this post so much! Everything you listed is so true! I try to be more grateful everyday! It does make you feel better about everything!
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  6. Great post! There are actually so many things to be grateful for that we often forget! :)

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  7. Being grateful for the simple things is so wonderful - I often forget to think of some of these things and you've definitely given me the chance to think about what I'm thankful for!

    Milly | Mini Adventures

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  8. What a great list, it is the little things I am most grateful for, I think we all need to stop and think about this at some stage, as I like many take things for granted x

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  9. Other than the pets one (as I don't have any) I can relate to all of these x

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  10. I am always just grateful for getting up and out of bed, even if that's the only thing I can be grateful for that day.

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  11. I think it makes such a difference to keep a little list of things that you are grateful for. Lovely list.

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  12. I am grateful for my children, life and sound health. Good internet keeps me working too.

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  13. This post is such a positive reminder of all the good things I have. I spend a lot of time thinking about bad stuff like my anxiety and wasting away all the opportunities I'm lucky to have. Thank you for the gentle reminder of what's important!

    Beth x
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  14. great post! i always try to see something to be grateful for :)

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  15. I love posts like this. I'm so grateful for our sweet pets :)

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  16. This is such a great list and we do as humans often forget how lucky we are to have the most basic of things, even running water x

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  17. This is such a lovely list, I am so grateful for my family and pets - oh and wifi haha x

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  18. I absolutely love this post and especially love that you include being thankful for water, especially when a lot of the world dont have access to clean running water xxx

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  19. Such a good post - I recently did a similar post and it made me realise how much I have to be grateful for in life!

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  20. I think I need to teach my children about being grateful for what they have. Great post x

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  21. I LOVE this idea - none of this is silly or obvious because so many people forget to be grateful for it. At the end of the day, those of us lucky enough to have these things are so blessed - without the hashtag ;)

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  22. I think I should start doing something like this. Its a nice thing to think about!

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  23. Oh I love this idea for a blog post! I'm very grateful for a lot of things at the moment. I adore your list and your dog is beautiful, reminds me of my dog Jetta who we had when I was younger who was a Doberman Rottweiler cross xx

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  24. I love this. I try to remind myself to be grateful for 3 things a day!

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  25. What a lovely post, there's so many little things that we all take for granted everyday that we should be really grateful for. Always someone worse off so we shouldn't grumble, I'm grateful for the blogging community, so many amazing people

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  26. It's so easy to forget about being grateful for the simple things in our lives. Lovely post!

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  27. I think you have covered all in your list :) Great post and good reminder for everyone x

    Laura
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