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263 Things to Be Grateful For in 2021: The Ultimate Gratitude List

unexpected things to be grateful for: woman writing in journal 2021

There are MANY things to be grateful for in 2021. Yet sometimes, it’s hard to see the ridiculous amount of good that’s all around you. So, when you can’t see the forest through the trees, or you’d love a dose of optimism, a gratitude list the perfect tool.

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Why should I make a gratitude list?

But first, gratitude can do even more for you. According to science, it will:

  • make you happier
  • enhance your positive emotions
  • increase your self-esteem
  • improve your relationships
  • help with your decision making
  • reduce stress and depression
  • improve your health

And the benefits go on and on. (See more at positivepsychology.com.) The point is, if you’re not including a practice like a gratitude list in your life, it’s time to consider one. Right now.

The Best Gratitude List

Here you’ll find gratitude list examples that will make anyone grateful, no matter what the circumstances. Obviously, not all of these will apply to everyone, but everyone will find plenty to use from it.

Big Things to be Grateful For

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1. Your home. There’s no place like home.

2. Your parents. They gave you life and a way to see the world.

3. Your friends. Friends that feel like family can’t be beat.

4. Your kid(s). If you have them, you know they bring incredible joy to life.

5. Your relationship. Your person to spend life with.

6. Your pet. Animals are incredible sources of love.

7. Your health. It is said that health is the crown that sits on the well man’s head that only the sick man can see.

8. Sight. Your ability to see the beauty in this world.

9. Smell. That first sniff of fresh baked anything.

10. Taste. What would the world be like if you couldn’t taste anything?

11. Touch. An essential part of how we connect with others.

12. Food: If you don’t have to worry about where your next meal is coming from, you’re blessed.

13. Travel. Seeing other places whenever we want is a gift.

14. The kindness of others. When someone reaches out to you in love and support it is no small thing.

15. Heating and cooling. Climate control makes our lives WAY easier.

16. Living in a safe neighborhood. Not worrying about the safety of yourself and your family is something we take for granted.

17. Our freedoms and rights. Saying what you want, practicing your religion in your own way, and voting are not commonplace everywhere.

18. Sunshine. It boosts your spirits and makes Earth a beautiful (and livable) place.

19. Modern medicine. Keeping us alive for much longer.

20. Planet Earth. It’s pretty incredible that it has just the right conditions for us to live here.

21. Education. Not everyone gets the access or quality of education we have.

22. Clothing. Having plenty of clean clothes that are functional.

23. Electricity. Light at the click of a switch. How awesome!

24. Clean water. If you don’t have to worry about what you’re drinking, you are lucky.

25. A stable government. I recently spoke to someone who lived in a country without one. And I’ve never been more grateful to live where I live.

Unexpected Things to Be Grateful For

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Next, these aren’t necessarily the items you’d put first on your gratitude list, but they are definitely worth our thanks!

26. Sunday mornings. That feeling of calm and space that only Sunday has.

27. Long weekends. 3-day weekends are the best!

28. A good cry. Yeah, we all try to hold it in, but it feels so much better if you let it happen.

29. Exercise. While most of us aren’t grateful in the moment, movement is a sign we are healthy and alive. (And it make us feel good)

30. A great book. The kind you just can’t put down.

31. When you finish a heavy project. It was hard, but it’s fulfilling when it’s done.

32. Making someone else feel good. Getting someone to laugh or smile is such a great way to spend the day.

33. Alone time

34. Silver linings. They are always there if you look.

35. Deep conversation. The kind that makes you feel like you really connected with a person.

36. Learning from mistakes. It’s how we grow.

37. Negative emotions. Anxiety and depression are telling you something needs to change in your life. Where would we be without them?

38. Heartbreak and loss. Without the lows, how would we know what the highs are?

39. Life’s challenges. For making you a stronger and more empathetic version of yourself.

40. People who dare to change the world. The Elon Musks of the world have vision. And we benefit from it enormously in the long run.

41. The changing seasons: the first buds on the trees, the first snow, falling leaves in Autumn, etc.

42. Honesty. Sometimes it’s hard and sometimes it hurts, but we’re always grateful in the end.

43. Being born in this time period. While we still have issues, it’s amazing how far we’ve come. How lucky we are to be born in this era.

44. A new discovery. Whether you just found a new food you love or made a break-though at work. (Getting out of your comfort zone helps with discoveries)

45. Animals. They all make life a lot more interesting, help sustain us, or love us.

46. Your age. Whether it brings you wisdom or vitality. There’s always something cool about being the age you are.

47. Energy. The older I get, the more I realize how important your daily energy levels are.

48. Events to look forward to. Often, we find happiness in the things we anticipate.

49. When a child says something hilarious. Toddlers and small kids are the best at this.

50. Change. It’s not always welcome, but how boring and stuck our lives would be without it.

Related Post: The Big List of Simple Life Pleasures

Things to Be Grateful for About Yourself

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51. Your unique personality. Quiet or loud, you’re pretty awesome.

52. Your ability to learn. A growth mindset is where it’s at.

53. Your creativity. The coolest things in the world were built by creative people. Your creativity is more important that you realize.

54. Your sense of humor

55. Your accomplishments. We’ve all done things in our lives that we’re proud of.

56. Your unique family heritage

57. Your arms and hands. You use them constantly for just about everything.

58. Your legs. Getting you where you need to go.

59. Your heart. Pumping blood to every part of your body.

60. Your lungs. Every breath is a gift.

61. Your immune system. For fighting those ugly viruses that come your way.

62. Your unique set of skills and talents.

63. Your resiliency and grit. You bounce back when you need to.

64. Your mindset. A positive mindset can move mountains.

65. Your “imperfections.” They make you who you are.

66. Your smile. Trust me, it’s beautiful.

67. How far you’ve come. When you’re feeling down about anything, be grateful for the steps you’ve taken to make the progress you have.

68. The color of your eyes. They make you unique.

69. Your memory. Your memory connects your past to present, provides you with great ideas, and gives you your perspective on life.

70. Your personal style. To be who you want to be and look the way you want.

71. Your discipline. When you don’t want to do something, but you do it anyway because you know it’s good for you.

72. Your core values. Whether it’s manners, loyalty, compassion, or work ethic, your values are always important assets to have.

73. When you take great care of yourself (find self-care ideas HERE)

74. When you bring about positive changes in yourself or your life

75. The light you (and only you) can bring to the world

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Things to be Grateful for in a Relationship

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76. Having a supportive partner

77. Love. Those sweet, romantic feelings.

78. Someone to share the deepest parts of you with.

79. Trust. Having someone that you trust completely eliminates many worries.

80. Laughter. Being with someone who makes you laugh is a gift.

81. Living with your best friend

82. Someone to lift you up when you’re down.

83. When your partner gets you to look at something in a new way

84. A hug

85. A fancy meal out together

86. Skills your partner has that you don’t. I’m so grateful my hubby is handy.

87. Having a co-parent to divide and conquer (if you have kids)

88. When your partner makes you feel appreciated.

89. When your partner makes something easier for you.

90. Commitment. Every relationship goes through hard times. It’s the commitment that gets you through.

91. Cuddles in bed.

92. Date night. There’s nothing like quality time together.

93. Being with a person who has different qualities. Often, these qualities complement yours.

94. Someone to plan your future with

95. Gifts. Big or small they are a way to show our love.

96. Intimacy

97. Someone to share your burdens and losses with

98. Being cared for or supported in times of lesser health.

99. Sweet memories of a life lived together

100. Seeing them light up when you make them feel good

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Things to Be Grateful for at Work

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101. A caring boss

102. Coworkers you can count on

103. A work project you are proud of

104. Having a job. Not everyone has one that wants one.

105. The ability to work from home. If you have it, it’s pretty awesome.

106. Mentors. Those people that take an interest in your progress and give you support.

107. Having a job that pays the bills

108. The big, scary career decision you made

109. Having access to higher education and resources to help you grow in your field

110. Having an interesting job that challenges you and gives you purpose

111. When you receive positive feedback on your work

112. Auto save on the computer. It has saved most of us more than once.

113. When you’re in flow, and the great ideas seem to come out of nowhere.

114. Email. While it can be distracting, it’s also a great way to communicate needed information quickly.

115. Creating something. We are all meant to create and inspire deep down.

116. Your phone and laptop. Allowing you to work from anywhere.

117. Wifi

118. Spell check.

119. Raises and promotions

120. The end of a productive week, when it’s time to slow down.

121. When you realize you can earn money doing something you love

122. An inspiring brainstorming session

123. When you can make your own work schedule. Or at least have a flexible one.

124. Work that brings out your creativity and innovation

125. Producing work that helps and serves others in some way

Things to Be Thankful for at Home

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126. A long, hot shower or bath

127. A soft, warm bed

128. Your favorite food. A scoop of mint ice cream. A slice of pizza. That guilty pleasure that brings you joy.

129. The show that always makes you laugh

130. Furniture. It makes things a lot more cozy.

131. Good neighbors that watch out for you

132. Nap time

133. Having a place to call your own

134. A freezer. Being able to have food on hand is a lifesaver for a family.

135. The dishwasher. I wouldn’t want to do all that by hand!

136. The washer and dryer. Again, saving us a boat load of time!

137. The Instant Pot. Do it all in one pot. It’s genius.

138. The feeling you get after a huge declutter session.

139. A quiet place to sit.

140. Love and laughter bouncing off the walls

141. A home that has enough space for those living in it

142. A cozy fireplace when it’s cold

143. An outside area for porch sitting

144. Flowers and plants that brighten up where you live.

145. Your mailbox. For giving others a place to send you love (and coupons).

146. Objects in your home you cherish

147. Photos. Memories of great times.

148. Having a place to go when the world feels hard

149. Candles and other delightful scents

150. The beauty you see outside your window

Gratitude List Examples for Morning and Night

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Truly, I threw this section in because I LOVE the bookends of the day. They usher in quiet in-between moments that are beautiful.

151. That first cup of coffee. The first sip is the best.

152. The stillness and calm that radiate in early morning.

153. Sleeping in. The moment you realize you can sleep in an hour longer is AMAZING.

154. Waking up. The simple act of opening your eyes means that you are ALIVE.

155. A morning routine you love. Check out amazing morning routine ideas HERE >>

156. The birds outside your window when the day arrives. Wake up sleepy head.

157. The fact that every morning is the start of a fresh day. It’s your chance to make it great.

158. Morning walks watching your neighborhood come to life.

159. The space a morning can give you to get your mind right for the day.

160. Morning journaling (Read the perfect gratitude prompts for this)

161. Morning or night meditation. Both have great benefits.

162. Morning affirmations. One way to start the day well.

163. When your morning starts with a healthy breakfast and you feel ready to take on the day.

164. A chance to love on your most important people when work doesn’t get in the way

165. Sunrises and sunsets. So beautiful when you stop to look.

166. Your evening drink of choice after a long day (cup of tea, glass of wine, etc.)

167. Night is the time for deep thinking. Often, great conversations happen at night when people let their guard down and open up about life.

168. When you spot a beautiful full moon.

169. While the days are busy, nights are peaceful and quiet.

170. That moment you climb into bed and get settled at night.

171. A night routine that nourishes you. See smart things to do at night HERE>>

172. Goodnight kisses to those you love

173. When you fall asleep satisfied and tired from a day well spent

Related: The Epic List of Good Habits

Things We Take for Granted in 2021

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174. Clean air. Talk to someone who doesn’t have this and you’ll instantly be grateful you don’t have to worry about your next breath.

175. Indoor plumbing. Toilets. Showers. What did people do without them?

176. Technology. Having a computer in your pocket is a pretty incredible thing. Not to mention you can speak to anyone whenever you want.

177. Free learning. It’s all around us at the touch of a button. Library books, podcasts, blog articles, and Google. No money required to learn anything you could ever want.

178. Workers that serve our communities. Police officers, firefighters, and medical workers perform brave and selfless acts daily to ensure our safety and wellbeing.

179. Farmers. Without farmers, the food in your kitchen would no longer be there.

180. Maintenance Workers. From repairs to cleaning, we often forget that a lot of work goes on behind the scenes in our everyday businesses and homes.

181. Our military. The amazing people that willingly go into danger to keep the rest of us safe.

182. Trees and nature in general. Being in nature is good for your health.

183. The ability to buy healthy food. Not everyone has access or the resources to buy the quality of food you can.

184. Having a car.

185. Time. A dying person would tell you that what you can be most grateful for is the time you have. Don’t squander it.

186. Sleep. Any mother with a newborn will tell you we take sleep for granted.

187. Easy transportation. We can get anywhere we need to be, pretty much anytime we want.

188. GPS. How did anyone used to get anywhere???

189. Staying in touch with friends. Something we take for granted until we no longer keep in touch.

190. Toilet paper. Really, where would we be without it?!

Unique Things to Be Thankful For

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The one-of-a-kind things to be grateful for make our experiences colorful.

191. Family traditions that only your family does

192. When others accept you for who you are

193. Your faith

194. Being debt free (or having little debt).

195. Anything that inspires you. A speech, an athletic event, blog post, a podcast.

196. Art. When you see a work of mastery, it’s so inspiring.

197. Music. That song that touches your soul.

198. Holidays. Reasons to celebrate bring us together.

199. Adversity. Without adversity, you would not be who you are today. We learn through the struggle. (See these adversity quotes to get through it)

200. Diversity. Thank goodness we are all different.

201. Role Models. Those people who lift us up, motivate us, and show us great examples of living.

202. Vaccines. Vaccines in general have kept many people alive that would not be.

203. Watching your kids make the right decision. That is one proud moment.

204. Your parent’s voice.

205. Memories

206. Communities you are a part of. Clubs, gym classes, and more.

207. New beginnings. The new year, a new start to the week, a new day.

208. Rainy days. The perfect time to cozy up inside.

209. The future. Thinking of the future gives us hope.

210. Teachers. Those people in our lives (by profession or not) that impact us in a positive way.

211. Campfires

212. Rainbows

213. The farmer’s market. Such a sweet place to be.

214. A compliment.

215. Snow. The beauty in winter.

216. The moon and stars. Can you imagine a night sky without them?

217. Imagination – both in yourself and in others.

218. Picnics

219. Trying something new. The excitement and growth that accompany it.

220. When you feel truly in the moment with those you love

221. That killer deal you just got on something you really wanted to buy.

222. Watching your kids do something they love

223. Pride. In something you’ve done or something your kids have done.

224. When the weather is gorgeous outside

225. Forgiveness. Letting go when you need to.

226. Healing. Physical or mental.

227. Kid birthdays. The excitement in contagious.

228. A venting session with a friend or family member when you need it

229. Support groups that lift you up when you need it and keep you accountable when you need it.

230. Trails. You can do so many things on them and be surrounded by nature.

231. Sports. It’s fun to see the incredible things our bodies can do.

232. A good full belly laugh. Feels SO good.

233. Positive momentum. How when you build towards a goal, one thing leads to another.

234. Being inspired. It’s a beautiful feeling.

235. Your last vacation. What was your favorite thing about it?

236. A marked off list. When you check everything off it’s such a nice feeling.

237. The vastness of nature. When you look out into the huge ocean or the endless night sky it puts a lot of things into perspective.

238. Life experience. One key benefit to growing older.

239. Apps that improve our lives. A number of apps can be extremely valuable to your health and wellness.

Recent Things I Put on My Gratitude List

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Finally, these are all items from the last year that make me extra thankful.

240. Netflix. For making tv easy and fun in your home.

241. In store pick up. I began using this during the pandemic and it continues to be a MUCH easier way to get groceries with a toddler.

242. At home workouts. Much needed stress relief!

243. Sore muscles after those workouts. It hurts so good.

244. The chiropractor for helping me when I got a bit intense with those workouts!

245. A good meal with those you love

246. Long walks meandering walks

247. Get togethers of any kind

248. Connecting with a stranger

249. Wine on the deck with friends

250. A day when you have nowhere to be

251. Amazon Prime. One day shipping at the click of a button? Yes please!

252. That my kids were born healthy

253. The job my parents did. I appreciate how hard they worked now that I’m a mom.

254. Pizza and game/movie night with the kids

255. Family walks

256. Cuddles in bed with the kids

257. The firepit

258. Friday. Because who doesn’t love Fridays?

259. Help. In any way it comes when I need it.

260. A delicious meal that was not made by me.

261. Cold showers. A strange one, but they make you feel awesome after.

262. A growing business

263. Gratefulness.

The more grateful you are, the more you realize there is to appreciate.

How to Make a Gratitude List

This list is massive, but yours doesn’t have to be!

Start simple with 10 things. What are 10 things for which you are grateful?

Or make an a to z gratitude list. Or start your own journal practice! All it takes is your first small step to get going!

What’s Your Gratitude List for Today?

There’s no doubt about it, it’s a beautiful day to be alive.

What are the things you are grateful for today?

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