25 Things To Be Grateful For Even When You Have Nothing
Published Nov 23, 2020
In times when we have nothing, it can be hard to find something to be thankful for. I mean, if you’ve lost your loved ones, your job, your home, what’s there to be thankful for?
Apparently, there are a lot of things to be grateful for even when the universe seems to conspire against us. We just need to look past our troubles and see the glass as half full rather than half-empty.
That’s easier said than done, you may say. Yes, finding something positive out of all this chaos is not easy. But if we make gratitude a habit, then it’s definitely possible.
Personally, I think that gratitude is one of the most underappreciated virtues. Admit it or not, many of us would rather complain than say “thank you”. It’s just easier to count our problems than our blessings. We’d rather complain about that long queue at the grocery counter than appreciate the fact that we’re still able to buy groceries.
This is why practicing gratitude should be part of our routine. It will help you think less of your troubles and appreciate your blessings.
If you’re finding it hard to think of things to be grateful for, here are some examples:
1. Being alive
Life itself is something to be grateful for. The fact that you’re still breathing and your heart is still beating, no matter how badly bruised it is, is one of the greatest blessings we can ever receive.
2. The ability to feel emotions
Joy, pain, fear, remorse – these are what make us humans. It’s what makes life a lot better.
3. Freedom of expression
The next time you express your frustration at the system, think about the people around the world who cannot. We’re still lucky because we can voice our opinions without fear of repercussions.
True friends are one of life’s greatest treasures. So if you have found people willing to stick with you through thick and thin, you are indeed very lucky.
5. Having something to eat
No matter how dire your circumstances right now, if you still have something to eat, then you are much better off than some people around the world.
6. Kindness of strangers
If you’ve received kindness from someone you barely know, express your gratitude by paying it forward.
7. Experiences that molded you
Your past might be full of pain and disappointments but they helped you become the person you are today. They taught you valuable life lessons you wouldn’t learn in a book.
8. The air that you breath
There are people around the world who have to live through smog and pollution. So if you are breathing in fresh air right now, you are lucky.
9. Having water to drink
Having ready access to potable water is something that millions of people around the world can only dream about.
More than just giving us light during the day, the sun also keeps us warm and helps our plants grow. Without it, we’ll be nothing.
11. This very moment
This moment right now is something you will never ever go back to for the rest of your life. Time is precious and the fact that we get it for free is something we should appreciate.
12. The people that care for you
If you have people that care for you, constantly checks on you, and want you to be a better person, they are your greatest blessings.
13. Bad days
If it were up to us, we’d rather not have bad days. But it is those days that make you appreciate the good ones.
14. Peaceful mornings
The relative serenity of early mornings is sometimes our only haven in this fast-paced world.
15. Living on this beautiful planet
The Earth might not be the biggest or the most beautiful planet in the universe but it’s perfect for us. This scarred but amazing planet has provided us with the means to live for billions of years.
16. Your voice
If you can still speak and sing, then consider it a blessing. Not everyone enjoys such privilege.
17. Your parents
Your relationship with your parents may not be perfect but they gave life to you. I’m sure they love you too, though they may have different ways of expressing it.
18. Having clothes to wear
Again, if you’re wearing clean clothes right now, you are better off than half the world’s population.
19. Being a citizen of a country
According to UNHCR, there are around ten million people around the world who are stateless. So even if you don’t like some aspects of your country, you should still be thankful that you have one to call your own.
20. The ability to love and be loved
Being able to give and receive love is one of the most special gifts endowed to us.
21. Your senses
The ability to see, hear, smell, and touch things is a blessing that not all people get to enjoy.
22. The people who rejected you
Rejections and disappointments make you stronger. So instead of hating on the people who rejected you, thank them. If not for them, you wouldn’t be the strong, courageous person you are today.
23. Your job
With unemployment rates skyrocketing, having a job in this economy is a blessing.
24. The people who hate you
Just like the people who rejected you, your enemies also help you become a better person. They inspire you to prove to the world that you are so much better than the person they think you are.
About The Author
Judy Ponio is a full time blogger and is devoted to topics about charity, kindness, and Christianity. She is part of Correct Digital, Inc which is paid by private donors to provide website digital marketing services to this non-profit organization.