150 Things to Be Grateful For. Example Gratitude Lists

Photo of author

By Anna Marikar

When it comes to living a gratitude-filled life, most of us know that we should try to take time to notice the little things and feel grateful every day.

But how often do we actually do it? To help out, I’m going to list 150 things I’m grateful for right now.

Let’s take a look at some example gratitude lists, why you should write them and how to get started!

Example gratitude lists and blank gratitude list templates to print

What is a Gratitude List?

A thankfulness list is simply a list of experiences or moments that you appreciate.

Writing a thankful or grateful list is taking the time to notice the little things, or the big things, that make our life beautiful.

Our world is an amazing and awe-inspiring place, you can’t help but feel grateful.

Gratitude is defined as:

The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness

Oxford Dictionary

Why Write a Gratitude List?

The practice of gratitude can be a powerful tool to attract positive energy and to manifest good things in your life.

One of the most popular approaches is to write down a daily list as a simple way to express gratitude.

The benefits of gratitude can impact your whole life, as it changes your mindset, attitude, and outlook. When we go out into our day expecting the best, and already thankful for what we have received and achieved, there is nothing to stop us from receiving whatever else blessings and opportunities could be coming our way.

One of the best ways to get over the negative self-talk and live the life you deserve is to create a list of all the things you’re grateful for. Including things that you appreciate, like and love about your own self.

These lists make us feel more positive and inspired to achieve what we want.

grateful happy

What should I put on my Gratitude List?

Anything that makes you smile, brightens your morning or night, and makes your day a little better.

Check out our gratitude list examples below to give you an idea, and then expand it for yourself.

Most people are grateful for a safe place to live, a healthy body, a family, a child or relationship and the wonder and beauty of our world

When should I write in my Gratitude journal?

We all go through difficult times, and when you’re having a tough time it’s even more important to give yourself space to notice the good things as well as the challenges.

Whether you write your gratitude list first thing in the morning, or at the end of the day does not matter at all. The key is just to notice the small things, appreciate the beautiful things, and celebrate the positive things even during times that suck.

And it doesn’t have to be a daily gratitude list, if you are going through it and time is tight, taking a second to compose a gratitude log mentally, without even needing to write it down, is a powerful way to keep pushing on through the hard times.

gratitude journal

150 Things to be Grateful for. Example Gratitude List

If you think about all the great things in life, you’ll probably have a list way longer than 150 items. That’s the great thing about writing a list like this, once you start noticing the little things and taking the time to appreciate them, you’ll just keep going. Before long it will be a daily habit, and a part of the way we see and experience the world all the time. 

Here’s a sample list of things to be grateful for, listed in bullet points below.

You can also combine this list with some affirmations. The gratitude list can be written in affirmation format and style if you prefer…

I am grateful for the gift of fresh air

I am grateful for the gift of music…

And so on.

be thankful be grateful be blessed
  1. Fresh Air
  2. Music
  3. Freedom
  4. Family
  5. A Soft Bed
  6. The ability to travel
  7. Community
  8. Deep conversations
  9. Opportunities for learning
  10. Favorite TV Shows
  11. Books
  12. The ability to read
  13. Beautiful sunsets
  14. Safety
  15. Memories
  16. Older family members, who are still with us or gone
  17. Experiences
  18. Home
  19. Good Health
  20. Love
  21. Positive emotions
  22. A safe space to cry and release emotions
  23. Anger – our anger let’s us know when something is wrong, and can be a positive thing to push us towards change.
  24. My body
  25. Cell Phones that make it so easy for us to connect with loved ones
  26. Dreams
  27. Rain
  28. People to trust
  29. Weekends
  30. Wonder
  31. Kindness
  32. Money in your bank account
  33. Food to eat
  34. The amazing capacity of our brains
  35. Our intuition
  36. New Ideas
  37. Forgiveness
  38. The ability to grow and learn from mistakes
  39. Clean Water
  40. Relationships
  41. Sex
  42. Your own unique personality
  43. Your unique face and it’s beauty
  44. Open-mindedness
  45. Soul mates
  46. Supportive encouraging friends
  47. The ability to exercise
  48. A moment of calm and creativity
  49. Empty space
  50. Organisation
  51. Trees
  52. God
  53. The chance to try something new
  54. Space to make mistakes
  55. A fresh new notebook
  56. Date nights
  57. Children
  58. Amenities we have like running water, washing machine, vacuum cleaner to make our life easier
  59. Access to education
  60. Cameras to preserve our memories
  61. Games and the opportunity to be playful
  62. Clothes that make us feel good
  63. Immune system
  64. Eye sight
  65. A Good weather forecast
  66. Good hair day
  67. Beautiful flowers
  68. Bird song
  69. Butterflies
  70. Sense of smell, to enjoy beautiful scents from delicious food to a new perfume
  71. The ability to help someone else
  72. The ability to chose how to spend your time
  73. The ability to laugh at yourself
  74. A lock on your front door
  75. Beautiful words
  76. Poetry
  77. Languages of the world
  78. The ability to connect with other people and build relationships
  79. Seeing a baby grow into a child and into an adult
  80. Siblings
  81. Family traditions
  82. Favorite recipes
  83. Beaches
  84. The ocean
  85. Mountains
  86. Stars
  87. All of the colors of nature
  88. Baby lambs in Spring Time
  89. The way the leaves change in the fall
  90. Snow
  91. Blossom
  92. Vacations
  93. Fireworks
  94. Thoughtful gifts
  95. Seeing friends and family happy
  96. Access to the internet and information
  97. Dancing
  98. The ability to drive
  99. Feeling productive
  100. Your favorite song
  101. Personal growth
  102. A good night’s sleep
  103. Making positive changes
  104. Being able to enjoy your own company
  105. Coffee
  106. Freedom of religion
  107. Art
  108. The ability to let go
  109. Desserts
  110. Neighbours
  111. Hobbies
  112. Ambition
  113. Newborn babies
  114. Experiencing something new for the first time
  115. Inside jokes with best friends
  116. Hearing an interesting fact
  117. Movie nights
  118. Finding the perfect parking spot
  119. Snuggling
  120. Blue skies
  121. Doughnuts
  122. Sunbathing
  123. Swimming pools
  124. The accomplishment of finishing a task
  125. The perfect selfie
  126. Time for self care
  127. Feminism and those who fight for equal rights
  128. New crayons and a moment of peace to color inspirational quotes
  129. The satisfaction of decluttering
  130. A long hot bath
  131. Completing a puzzle
  132. Celebrating love at a wedding
  133. Delicious breakfast
  134. New shoes
  135. A new tattoo
  136. Getting nails done
  137. People who help us when we need it
  138. Random acts of kindness
  139. Scenic drives
  140. Christmas lights
  141. Genuine compliments
  142. Libraries
  143. Winning a giveaway
  144. Hugs
  145. Finding unexpected money in your pocket or purse
  146. Waterfalls
  147. Farmer’s Markets
  148. Hot chocolate and marshmallows
  149. Belonging
  150. To love and be loved
beautiful nature

List of Gratitude Words

These words are great to reflect upon, or use in meditation.

  • Thankful
  • Fulfilled
  • Whole
  • Peace
  • Content
  • Shukr (this is an Arabic word)
  • Love
  • Joy

A to Z Gratitude List

there are so many beautiful reasons to be happy

Running through the alphabet is always a fun way to write a list and can get you thinking outside the box. We all have so many things to be grateful in life, despite our hardships, challenges and difficulties.

So get ready to start at A, and run through to Z to find 26 moments of happiness in your day.

If you’re a parent, this is also a fun way to introduce the concept of gratitude journaling and share it with your kids.

Here’s an example A to Z gratitude list

  • Adventures
  • Best Friends
  • Chocolate
  • Dogs
  • Environment of peace
  • Fall leaves
  • Garden
  • Home
  • Ice cream
  • Jokes
  • Kids
  • Laughter
  • Memories
  • Nature
  • Opportunities
  • Pets
  • Quiet, and peace
  • Rainbows
  • Sunshine
  • Technology
  • Umbrellas
  • Variety of fruits and vegetables
  • Warmth
  • Xoxo… hugs and kisses
  • Youth
  • Zest for life
grateful and happy

Things we take for granted – Add to your Gratitude List

Some of the things we complain about each day are actually something to be grateful for. If we flip the narrative, we can see things a little differently.

I complain about the mess in my house, but I am grateful and thankful for my beautiful home, the shelter and roof over our head, and for my children and husband despite the mess.

I would never swap the chaos and the clutter and the noise for a life of tidiness and silence, so it is all about perspective.

We complain about our jobs and getting to work, when it’s late and we are tired, or it’s early morning and we don’t want to get to our tasks but the ability to earn money and provide for ourselves is also a huge blessing.

Gratitude Quotes for a Thankful Heart

“Begin each day with a grateful heart”

“Always have an attitude of gratitude.”

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

“Gratitude is riches. Complain is poverty.”

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

find gratitude in all the moments

Buy Printable Gratitude List Template

You can download a gorgeous watercolor blank gratitude list here on our site, to get started writing your own gratitude list right away.

Check out our printable gratitude list template here. It has space to write 150 items to get you started with your own gratitude journal.

You can also make your own if you prefer – just grab a blank notebook or paper, and pen or pencil and get started with your own thankful list.

Here’s a look at one of the pages of printable blank gratitude journal or gratitude list templates…

gratitude journal sample page

There are ten different designs included.

In addition to keeping you grounded, gratitude has been shown to positively influence your health, relationships, and career.

When you’re grateful, you find happiness in the little things and focus on what you’re grateful for instead of what you don’t have. This is a good habit to build into your daily routine so try writing a gratitude list and see if it helps you keep your emotions balanced, your perspective broadened, and your productivity improved.

We hope you founded our examples of gratitude lists helpful, and you’re ready to get started with writing your own!

Check out our free printable gratitude coloring page here, along with other one word inspirational coloring pages to use for mindfulness.

More Journaling Resources

You might find these journal prompts and free printables useful. Check them out, and share these blog posts with friends.

Looking for more lists, check out our 66 name ideas for your female empowerment group or 22 Self Love Movies That Will Inspire You to Be Your Best Self


Please share this blog post with any friends and like minded people, or pin on Pinterest and go ahead and share some of your ideas for your own gratitude list with us here in the comments.

example gratitude lists with over 150 things to be grateful for
Website | + posts

Anna is a Wales-based writer and graduate from SOAS University of London.
As the voice behind On Your Journey, she empowers women to embrace holistic well-being and spiritual growth through her expert insights into wellness and symbolism.
When she isn't writing thought-provoking articles, you'll find her busy crafting and raising her 4 children.