12 Essential Things To Be Thankful For Every Day

If you really take the time to think about it, you will realize that there are so many things that you can be thankful for every day.

Life can be tough sometimes and there is no other way around it. True happiness can not be achieved without being thankful for the good and bad in your life.

I would rather be able to appreciate things that I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate

Elbert Hubbard

To remain thankful during hardships requires strength, patience and a positive approach towards life in general. We are not born with these characteristics but we rather acquire them from our experiences.

Things To Be Thankful For Every Day

Here is a list of 12 essential things to be thankful for every day. The main purpose of the list is to make you observe the environment around you and inspire you to start to appreciating those invisible gifts you take for granted.

Your Senses

Seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing and touching. What would a blind woman do in order to see the face of her parents, husband or baby? How would a deaf man feel, if he hears the sound of a waterfall or the sounds of birds singing in the early morning? Our senses are one of the most underappreciated assets we own and we should be thankful for having them.

Your Ability To Talk And Walk

We run to work or school worried about minor stuff, not appreciating the fact that we have the ability to do that in the first place. We also communicate verbally with others, whistle, and even sing. Unfortunately, many of us can not do these things that we take for granted.

Your Parents

The first people to embrace and accept you. They loved you unconditionally and protected you until you became able to defend and feed yourself. If you still have them in your life, then thank them for what they did for you and return the favor by taking care of them while they grow older.

Your Soulmate

In the age of tindering and speed dating, many have forgotten the beauty of having a partner in life. Someone to share love, achievements, happiness, adventures, sorrow, hardships, and tears with. If you have an honest partner who loves you, then be thankful for this gift by taking care of him or her.

Your Income Source

Your current job might not be satisfying you at the moment, but you should still appreciate it. Every cent you earn with your sweat is holy, no matter how much it is. If you have to change it, then try to do it but until then be thankful for your current job that is providing you with shelter and bringing food on the table.

You can read this article about how to find a job that makes you happy.

Your Bed

Have you ever imagined how miserable your life would look like if you had to live on the street? You would be craving for warmth during the winter and a cold shower during the summer. You would be suffering from physical body pain because you rarely lay on a decent mattress. Every night would basically mean another fight for survival.

If you currently have a decent clean place in which you can live and sleep safely at night, then be thankful for it.

Clean Water

Water is essential for life. Researchers say that human being can only survive 8-21 days without it. According to the UN, more than 800 million people right now lack access to safe drinking water and another 2,5 billion don’t have basic sanitation.

Due to the projected increase in the human population, water pollution, and global warming, the number of people lacking access to safe water and basic sanitation will increase. The UN says that at least a quarter of all countries (around 50 countries) will suffer from recurrent or chronic water shortage by the year 2050.

The next time you hold a cup of cold clean water, then please be thankful for it because there are so many who can only dream about having it as easily as you do.

an image young kid drinking polluted water to make you thankful for clean water

Healthy Abundant Food

What would happen to a car, if you fill up its tank with cooking oil instead of gasoline?

It will break down!

Your food is your body’s fuel. It is essential to consume the right kind of healthy food in order to function correctly and feel good. According to the UN, there were around 821 million undernourished humanbeing in 2017.

Learn how to eat good food and appreciate every single meal you eat. If you are financially able, then share meals with others. You never know what could happen to you in the future. Maybe someday you will be put in a position that doesn’t allow you to eat good food.

a healthy meal conisisting of different dishes is someting to be thankful for
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If you live in a country that has long dark winters, then you can definitely relate to this one. Can you imagine how life would be like without the sun at all?

You wouldn’t even exist!

The sun is our life’s energy source. Without it plants, animals and humans would rot and die. Our whole existence is dependent on it and therefore we should be thankful for having it every single day.

This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one before

Maya Angelou
an image of the sun that gives us life and therefore we should be thankful for having it
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Fresh Air

A breeze of fresh air on a hot summer day can be sold for money. Air is definitely one of those things that we take for granted since we are breathing it in autonomously since birth.

According to MIT researchers, around 200,000 early deaths are caused by air pollution in the US alone.

Just look at some photos that show air pollution in main capital cities around the world like Delhi, Beijing, Riyadh or Doha. Every photo you will find is a proof of our ingratitude towards this essential life resource.

an image that shows air pollution in a big city is a sign that we are not thankful for clean air
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Your Problems

Every single problem in your life is a blessing in disguise when you consider it a chance to change your ways and improve.

If your partner cheated on you, then you can decide to become a better person for the next one you will meet instead of whining about the past. Or maybe you are suffering from financial problems that are crippling you, then the best thing you can do is to try to improve your spending habits, find a better job or start a side-hustle.

If a family member gets a chronic disease or dies young, then you learn from the experience that you should take care of your health and appreciate the time spent with loved ones because life is a journey that ends for everyone at a certain point no matter what.

The key to overcoming life’s problems is gratitude for what you still have and still can do to change your path.

In this blog post we have written we discussed the topics of how to stay positive in life in detail.

Your Existence

Life is like a video game. Some play it easy, some play it medium and some play it hard. The important thing is to play the game and become a master at it no matter what level you are currently forced to play on.

Some may argue that our existence is filled up with misery, drama, and broken hearts. If you think like that, then do you prefer that you never existed and missed the whole experience of life?

You should be instead glad that you exist as a human being with superior mental and physical capabilities and try to get the best out of your time here.

What Are You Thankful For?

Now take a pen and a piece of paper and write down all the things you are thankful for in your life.

Every time you experience hardships or stressful situations, take it out and look at all the things you wrote down.

You will never lose everything no matter what you will face.

Share with us some of the things on your list and help inspire others.

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