Inside: 5 profound things to be grateful for (that you likely forgot) along with 60+ everyday things to be thankful for.
Albert Einstein famously declared, “there are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Here at Mindfulmazing, we talk a lot about raising grateful kids.
And while this is uber important, we also don’t want to forget to be grateful ourselves.
And that’s because being thankful isn’t just reserved for Thanksgiving!
It’s an all year round habit that’s proven to make you happier.
This post is a friendly reminder to all those out there whose viewfinders of life have become smudged, preventing you from seeing all the big and little miracles around you.
This post is for parents, kids, teachers, grandparents, teenagers, friends, brothers, sisters, everyone and anyone.
Because let’s be honest, it’s all those small ordinary moments that add up to extraordinary things.
So let’s dive in to some BIG and small things to be grateful for today!
Why should I look for things to be grateful for?
There are many reasons to look for things to be grateful for:
- gratitude improves health
- and simply gives life intense meaning
It has been shown that gratitude is a keystone habit — a small behavior that spills into other area’s of your life and has a positive effect.
So, when you practice being thankful, you might be surprised at all the other ways your life will improve.
Why wait until life isn’t going your way to reevaluate and appreciate the good things in your life?
We are going to look closer at 5 profound things you may have forgotten to be grateful for, followed by 60+ small and big things to be thankful for.
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5 profound Things to Be Grateful for (You May Have Forgotten)
1. The magic of being human
You are lucky to be human.
Not only are we blessed with many comforts, but we are also the only species that can contemplate our own spiritual development.
To be able to ponder our existence and the mysteries of the universe is truly remarkable! You could have been born many things: an insect, a fish, or a bird.
Even though we humans endure hardships, the animal kingdom faces unimaginable suffering.
Appreciate the magic of being human.
2. The kindness of the world
Everywhere you look and in everything you do, there is kindness.
(And while we are on the topic of kindness, check out these 77 Acts of Kindness you can do right now).
Or, snag our free set of kindness printables, including the Kindness calendar above, our 77 Acts of Kindness Poster, and our Kindness Rocks Printable Activity set.
Here’s an idea to practice considering the kindness of others:
Before your next meal, stop and consider all the work and kindness that enabled you to enjoy this meal. Contemplate the mother who raised the farmer, the farmer who grew your food, and the truck driver who delivered it to your town.
Take time to truly express gratitude for your food, shelter, water, and luxuries.
Without the kindness of others, you would not be enjoying any of these things.
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3. The fact that life is in a constant state of flux
We might think, Huh? I’m not happy about change. I don’t want to age or say goodbye to loved ones.
But if we don’t change, we can’t grow, and if we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.
Could you imagine if nothing ever changed?
You’d be stuck the same person, with the same habits – for eternity.
Stop fighting against change and instead be thankful for its refreshing opportunities.
Life flows and because everything is in a constant state of flux, we have the absolute power to rewrite our story anytime we choose.
4. Your breath
Breath is energy, flowing endlessly, and carrying you from then to now to tomorrow.
Breath is the thread that ties all your fears, happiness, love, relationships and truths together.
Your breath is the music of the passage of time. Tune in, listen carefully and quietly, bridge the connection between merely existing and really living.
Say to yourself: Today I will breathe deep and be thankful.
Check out our 10 best breathing exercises for kids.
The world is built on love. Love is the main act on the grand stage of your life.
Love can make you feel like you’re a part of something special and meaningful.
Love can make you high, pick you up and make you feel like never coming down.
Love your family, pets, friends, siblings, co-workers, community, and strangers too. Even love those who aren’t easy to love. And most of all don’t forget to love mother earth, for it is mother earth who houses us all.
60 Small but BIG Things to Be Thankful For
Final thoughts on things to be grateful for
Even if your life isn’t perfect (and here’s a secret: it will never be perfect), you still have a lot for which you can be grateful.
Every day remember to take the time to smile, laugh, and say thanks for all the small and big joys in your life.
In the comments below please add to this list, what else do you think we are forgetting to be grateful for today?
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