The Importance of Keeping a Gratitude List
"Being thankful for what you have"

Creating a gratitude list doesn't have to be hard. It is quite simply really and the benefits are immeasurable. It can benefit you in many different ways including…

  • Keeping you focused on the good in life rather than the unpleasant.
  • Increases the power of your affirmations.
  • Decreases the effects of depression.
  • Increases your overall well being
  • I could go on and on, but you get the idea.

When you start making your list and start being thankful you will notice a great change in your life. I promise. It sure made a great change in my life.

Some Staggering Statistics

  • If your combined household earns more than $24,600 a year you are in the top%10 of all income earners in the world.

  • The average monthly salary for someone living in Afghanistan is only $14 a month.

  • 37 million Americans live below the National poverty line. That’s 1 in every 8 Americans living in poverty.

  • 3.5% of U.S. households (that’s people within a home) experience hunger every day. That’s 9.6 million people each and every day.

  • An estimated 750,000 people in America experience homelessness and out of those people only 56 percent find shelter at night for sleeping while the other 44 percent end up sleeping on the streets.

  • Also, did you know that only 34% of American adults say they are truly happy.

Now, if this doesn’t give you a reason to be grateful for what you have, I don’t know what will!

So on with the gratitude list already!

It is a good idea to start by sitting down and making a list of at least 50 things you are grateful for. Don’t worry, you don’t have to do this all at one time. You can start the list and come back to it as you think of new things to add. This list will just be the starting place for you to start growing in the direction of gratitude.

Below I have listed the top 50 things I am thankful for. Hopefully this will inspire you to create your own list.

My gratitude list

I am thankful for…

  1. My partner 
  2. My Mom.
  3. My Dad.
  4. My brothers.
  5. My step parents.
  6. My dogs
  7. My home.
  8. That I have the skills to do most of the home repairs myself.
  9. My photography abilities, I do love it.
  10. My job, The people I work with are amazing and on most days I do what I love.
  11. My writing abilities.
  12. I can cook and that others like to eat my cooking.
  13. My yard, it really is shaping up nicely.
  14. That I discovered the importance of gratitude.
  15. That I am loved by so many people.
  16. My friends, all of them. I really am blessed by the number of good friends I have.
  17. That my mom took me to church as a small child and taught me about right and wrong.
  18. My aunt Rose and uncle Jim, I really do love them.
  19. My aunt Edna. She gives the best hugs.
  20. My grandmother, she’s ornery, but she has a heart of gold.
  21. My grandpa John. I don’t see him much, but when I do he always makes me feel special.
  22. That I discovered SBI and was able to build this website.
  23. That I never go hungry and always have plenty to eat.
  24. My new hair dresser. This is the best haircut I’ve had in years.
  25. The freedom I have in my job.
  26. For my children that are not yet born yet, I hold dearly in my heart.
  27. That I look a lot younger than I truly am.
  28. That on most days I have the spirit of a young child.
  29. The flowers, because they never stop making me smile.
  30. My neighborhood, it is peaceful.
  31. My neighbors. They are all very pleasant.
  32. my new car and the truck I traded in that I was able to drive for 11 years.
  33. The fact that I can do most minor repairs on my vehicle and don’t have to pay someone else to do them.
  34. The ability to laugh.
  35. My camera.
  36. My clothes
  37. My TV, not everyone has one
  38. My closet. It’s gonna rock when I’m done building it.
  39. My washer and dryer so I don’t have to go to the Laundromat.
  40. My dishwasher so I don’t have to do dishes by hand anymore.
  41. The sunrise, what an amazing thing in nature.
  42. The smell of freshly clean sheets
  43. For my newly remodeled kitchen, yeah, I have cabinets that open now.
  44. that I always seem to have the exact amount of money in the bank at the exact time that I need it.
  45. My teeth, they’re pretty nice.
  46. Being self confident
  47. Central air
  48. My health. I am very healthy.
  49. softball. The game has taught me a lot over the years and I do love to play.
  50. The St.Louis City Museum, my favorite place in the world, it’s so much fun.
  51. My goal charts. They help me achieve my goals and, well, they make me happy.

Your gratitude list

Now it is time for you to make your own gratitude list. Once you have finished your gratitude list make sure to put it somewhere you can see it every day. You can hang it up by your desk or by your closet or it can be the first entry in your gratitude journal. You decide. This is just the first step in being grateful. Don’t forget to write down the things you are thankful for in your gratitude journal as well on a daily basis. Trust me, if you do this your whole world will change for the better.

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