What It Means To Be Grateful For The Things We Have

No matter how much or how little we have, it’s important to pause and appreciate the good things in our life. We as human beings all take things for granted, and while that’s a part of life, it’s also important to remind ourselves that there are still so many things that we should be thankful for — because we really can still have so much to be grateful for when we take the time to reflect.

When you’re grateful for the little things, big things will eventually start to fill up your life as well. It’s in our nature to work hard and to strive for more, and that’s normal — but as we should never forget to be grateful for what we already have. You can level up everything from the career that you’re in and the quality of life that you have all with your own effort and hard work as long as you don’t forget to be grateful and thankful for what you already have.

Why Being Grateful Matters

Being grateful does more than just make us feel good, it’s actually scientifically proven to have many tangible mental and physical health benefits. Being grateful on a regular basis can help to foster resilience, reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, reduce levels of stress, lead to better sleep, and even help improve your overall physical health.

On top of that, showing gratitude can also lead to positive effects on the people around us. Gratitude is contagious and can spread quickly, having a profound impact on our social circles and relationships. When you take the time to recognize the good things that you already have in life, it shows other people around you that they should focus on the positive as well.

It also encourages more empathy in those around us, as gratitude encourages us to understand each other’s point of view, making room for increased understanding and cooperation.

1. Practice Gratitude As An Everyday Exercise

The best way to start benefitting from the positive effects of being grateful is to make it an everyday exercise. It doesn’t have to take too much out of your routine — ideally, it should be easy to do and that doesn’t take too much time.

A few tips to start practicing gratitude every day:

Write a daily gratitude list

Write down three good things you experienced in a day, no matter how small. You don’t have to share this list with anyone, it’s just for you to practice gratitude and foster positive patterns of thinking whenever you feel down.

Start your morning with gratitude

Instead of hitting the ground running and diving into your to-do list the first thing in the morning, take a few minutes to sit down and think of all the things you feel grateful for.

Create a gratitude journal

Writing things down helps to cement the positive feelings into your brain. By jotting down your thoughts and things that you’re thankful for you’ll not only be cultivating your own understanding and appreciation for those things, but it will give you a reference to turn to whenever you need to remind yourself that you do have something to feel happy and grateful about.

Express gratitude to the people in your life

Thanking the people in your life that have gone out of their way for you is essential to keep up a positive relationship with them. Don’t be afraid to tell your loved ones how much you appreciate them, no matter how small the act of kindness might have been.

Practice mindfulness

This ties into the daily gratitude list. Being mindful of life’s small joys is key to constantly remembering to be grateful for your blessings. Take a few minutes each day to pay extra attention to your surroundings and think about all the seemingly small things that bring you joy.

2. Open Your Eyes To New Possibilities

On top of practicing gratitude, it’s also important to keep your eyes open to new possibilities. Don’t be afraid to take the plunge and invest in yourself, it will be the best way to bring positivity to your life.

Take a look around and start thinking of ways to break out of your routine circumstances, travel to a new place, take up a new hobby or start learning something new. Stepping out of your comfort zone regularly helps to keep motivation and inspiration up, as it’s often in those moments of vulnerability that we’ll be able to really appreciate and identify what it is that we’re truly grateful for.

Travel gives us the chance to open our eyes to the world and look at other cultures and models of thinking. Take the time to learn about different cultures and ways of life and just the simple act of learning something new will boost your gratitude and appreciation for what you have.

3 Appreciate The Little Things

Once you’ve got the hang of expressing appreciation for the bigger things in life, it’s time to start opening your eyes to life’s little surprises and joys. Appreciation for small things will lead to an increased sense of calm and inner peace.

Take a few minutes to appreciate the little things that happen in your life every day — a simple thank you to a stranger on the subway, that feeling of tiredness and satisfaction at the end of a busy day, or taking a few moments in the afternoon to just stand outside and listen to the birds singing. It’s all these seemingly small things that really make life that much more magical and precious.

Remember to always take the moments of calm when they come — being able to enjoy those moments of peace is a sign of true inner contentment and appreciation for what you have. Taking a few seconds to give yourself permission to pause and create moments of rest and stillness can be just as beneficial as any big reward.

These days, it’s all too easy to take our blessings for granted and forget to be grateful for the things that we have. However, being grateful for the things we have, no matter how much or how little, is essential in maintaining a positive mindset and bringing joy and serenity into our lives on a daily basis.

By following the tips from above, you can train yourself to focus on the positive and start appreciating all the good things that you already have in life — instead of constantly striving for more without realizing what a unique gift life is. Start to cultivate a mindset of appreciation and you’ll be amazed at how much it can open up your world to newfound possibilities.

Take a moment to imagine a life filled with gratitude and appreciation, a life where you focus on the positives, no matter how small. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Here’s your chance to make it a reality!

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  1. Tamara on July 1, 2023 at 11:09 am

    I love your statements, they are so true. I feel people who are consciously grateful, are humble people. The opposite of entitled and selfish, both of which are pet peeves of mine.
    Thank you for hosting another round of the UBC, I am grateful to be a part of this community!

    • Paul on July 1, 2023 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Tamara! It’s wonderful to hear that my statements resonated with you and I’m so glad to have you in the UBC community. Together, we can create an environment of humility and gratitude. 🙂

  2. Jeanine Byers on July 1, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    Great wisdom, Paul about the power of gratitude! I find it especially helpful when life gets tough. It’s so tempting just to focus on what’s going wrong, but if I can just manage to balance it with what’s still good in my life, I feel so much better.

    • Paul on July 1, 2023 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. Gratitude is indeed powerful and can really help us in difficult times. I’m glad to hear that it has been helpful for you, Jeanine!

  3. Martha on July 1, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    YAY Another UBC, thank you for keeping this going for us Paul, I am so grateful for all you do for us bloggers! You blog is right on and perfect for keeping positive through gratefulness. Yes we have to appreciate everything, even the little things.

    • Paul on July 1, 2023 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you for the kind words, Martha, and welcome back to the Challenge! I’m glad that my blog can help keep people’s spirits up. I truly believe that by counting our blessings and being grateful for all we have, we can find more joy in life. 🙂

  4. Kimberly W on July 1, 2023 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Paul!

    One of the ways I am currently working on being more grateful is switching up my thoughts on my day as I get ready for bed. I have a habit of looking at all of the things I didn’t get done each day, now, I’m looking at what I did and feeling grateful for those things.

    I also want to say how grateful I am for you. From running the UBC, to being an incredible accountability partner, and friend. Thank you for always believing in me!

    • Paul on July 1, 2023 at 3:51 pm

      Oh, Kimberly!

      Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughtful reflection! I am so truly grateful for you too, and it is a privilege to have you in my life. Here’s to many more days of gratitude. Cheers (I raise my Hummus to you!)

  5. Brenda Marie Fluharty on July 1, 2023 at 6:51 pm

    Wise words. I do gratitude statements throughout the day. Thanks for hosting these wonderful blog challenges. Much love.

    • Paul on July 2, 2023 at 4:02 pm

      You are too kind! It is my pleasure! I look forward to the quarterly challenge!

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